NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Calgary
(Tuesday, December 12th)
Final Score: Calgary 5, Minnesota 2
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Jarome Iginla collected two goals and two assists, leading the Calgary Flames to a solid 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Alex Tanguay registered a goal and two assists, while Daymond Langkow picked up a goal and a helper. Miikka Kiprusoff made 24 saves for Calgary, which has won four of its last five games, and set a franchise record with its tenth straight win at home.
Pascal Dupuis and Todd White scored for Minnesota, which saw its three-game win streak halted. Manny Fernandez had a rough night in goal, giving up four goals on 13 shots. Niklas Backstrom came in and stopped eight-of-nine shots in the third period.
Tanguay got the Flames off to a fast start with a wrister on a breakaway at 3:05, after Roman Hamrlik stripped a Minnesota forward in the neutral zone and fed the puck to the winger already waiting on the right wing side.
Dupuis evened the score at 6:45 on an end-to-end short-handed rush after Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf misplayed a loose puck at the point. Dupuis skated in, moved to the backhand, and slid the puck just under Kiprusoff's pads.
Iginla closed out the first with his 17th goal of the season with 56 seconds left, and the Flames had a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
The offensively-challenged Flames then locked up the game with a three-goal second period.
Iginla got his second of the night and 18th of the season to stretch Calgary's lead to 3-1 only 51 seconds in, then Phaneuf made it 4-1 on one of his trademark blasts from the point on the power play at 3:35, and Langkow finished off the blitz with a blistering shot from the slot with 16 seconds left.
Minnesota brought it to 5-2 at 6:49 of the third on a 5-on-3 power play, when White tucked home the rebound of his own shot from the side of the crease.
Seconds later, during a 5-on-4 Minnesota advantage, Kiprusoff made a spectacular diving glove save off a Mikko Koivu shot in the right circle. After that chance, the Wild would not have a quality scoring chance for the rest of the night.
Coming into Tuesday's game, Calgary had surrendered only 63 goals on the year, tied with Detroit and Dallas for tops in the NHL...Each team has split two games in the season series, both winning on their home ice..The Flames embark on a pre-Christmas six-game road trip, beginning Thursday at division-rival Vancouver...Both teams finished the night 1-of-5 on the power play.
12/12 23:51:58 ET