Game Story: Calgary Flames 4, Minnesota Wild 1

 

Herald’s three stars are Joey MacDonald, Zach Parise and T.J. Brodie

 
 
 
 
Calgary Flames goaltender Joey MacDonald celebrates Sunday’s win with defenceman Chris Butler.
 

Calgary Flames goaltender Joey MacDonald celebrates Sunday’s win with defenceman Chris Butler.

Photograph by: Hannah Foslien, Getty Images

THREE STARS

1. Calgary G Joey MacDonald — This guy was sick as a dog Saturday? Goes from the hot seat to the hot seat. Super effort.

2. Minnesota LW Zach Parise — Most dangerous skater on the ice for either team. Scores once. Could’ve had a half-dozen.

3. Calgary D T.J. Brodie — Another one of those nights for the youngster. Shouldering heavy workload. Skating miles.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Because they continue to get great mileage out of the greenhorns. Every night. Brodie. Baertschi. Horak. Hanowski. Reinhart. Now Cundari.

Because Joey MacDonald appears eager to prove his worth after signing a contract extension. Old-timer never gives hosts a chance to take over, despite the territorial edge.

THE BIG HIT

Calgary D Brett Carson, twice, is rocked by Minnesota forwards. Late in the first period, it’s RW Cal Clutterbuck — who else? — who races into enemy territory to pepper Carson. A period later, LW Jason Zucker jolts Carson near the end boards.

THE BIG SAVE

With the guests clinging to a 2-1 lead late in the second period, Minnesota C Mikko Koivu passes to his left — and LW Zach Parise wastes no time uncorking a drive. But G Joey MacDonald heroically boots out the shot. The period finishes with the hosts holding a 25-12 edge in shots — and trailing.

THE BIG FIGHT

Apparently for hitting LW Zach Parise, Calgary D Cory Sarich is challenged by D Clayton Stoner. Sarich accepts and, in the skirmish, gets his beak belted and bloodied.

THE ROSTERS

Calgary scratches — G Leland Irving, D Anton Babchuk, C Blair Jones, LW Carter Bancks, LW Roman Cervenka, RW Brian McGrattan, RW Akim Aliu, D Dennis Wideman (finger), D Derek Smith (lower body), LW Curtis Glencross (knee), LW Alex Tanguay (knee), LW Steve Begin (upper body). Man-games lost: 120

Minnesota scratches — D Nate Prosser, D Justin Falk, G Josh Harding (illness), C Zenon Konopka (lower body), LW Mike Rupp (lower body), RW Dany Heatley (shoulder). Man-games lost: 84

SUMMARY

Flames 4 Wild 1

First Period

1. Calgary, M Cundari 1 (pp) (T Brodie, M Cammalleri) 13:37.

2. Minnesota, Z Parise 17 (C Coyle, M Koivu) 18:44.

Penalties — M Cammalleri Cgy (Tripping) 4:38; T Jackman Cgy (Hooking) 10:44; M Granlund Min (Interference) 12:38.

Second Period

3. Calgary, M Backlund 8 (L Stempniak, S Baertschi) 8:50.

Penalties — L Stempniak Cgy (Goaltender Interference) 6:06; C Stoner Min (Fighting) 6:06; C Sarich Cgy (Fighting) 6:06.

Third Period

4. Calgary, M Cammalleri 13 (pp) (M Cundari, T Brodie) 12:40.

5. Calgary, J Hudler 10 (pp) (en) (M Reinhart, M Giordano) 19:28.

Penalties — T Gilbert Min (Holding) 12:01; C Coyle Min (Tripping) 18:02.

Shots on goal by

Calgary 5 7 12—24

Minnesota 14 11 10—35

Power plays (goals-chances) — Calgary: 3-3, Minnesota: 0-3.

Goal (shots-saves) — Calgary: J MacDonald (35-34, W, 8-7-1). Minnesota: N Backstrom (23-20, L, 22-14-3).

Referees — Justin St. Pierre, Kevin Pollock. Linesmen — Andy McElman, Bryan Pancich.

Att. at St. Paul, MN — 19,039.

NEXT UP

The Flames’ road trip continues Tuesday against Roman Josi and the Nashville Predators (6 p.m., Sportsnet West, The FAN 960).

 
 
 
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Calgary Flames goaltender Joey MacDonald celebrates Sunday’s win with defenceman Chris Butler.
 

Calgary Flames goaltender Joey MacDonald celebrates Sunday’s win with defenceman Chris Butler.

Photograph by: Hannah Foslien, Getty Images

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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