Game Story: Minnesota Wild 2, Calgary Flames 1 (SO)
Herald’s three stars go to Suter, Backstrom and Hudler
THE THREE STARS
1. Ryan Suter, Wild: Logs a ton of ice time and in a decidedly lacklustre affair adds a little professional sparkle.
2. Niklas Backstrom, Wild: Stops 23 in regulation/OT and two more in the shootout.
3. Jiri Hudler, Flames: The game-tying goal and a lovely SO deke.
WHY THE FLAMES LOST
Because after an admittedly lacklustre final two periods in Vancouver, they weren’t much more emotionally involved in this one, either. Oh, and in case you hadn’t heard, they’re awful at shootouts.
THE BIG SAVE
Minny puck-repeller Niklas Backstrom flashes the mitt as Flames’ Ben Street, playing his second game with the big club, slides out of the corner in the second period and rips a shot intended for the top left-hand corner.
THE BIG HIT
Not four minutes into the first period, Flames’ D Cory Sarich, obviously a touch grumpy after four games of enforced idleness, bulldozes 6-foot-5, 215-pound Wild D-man Justin Falk along the half-boards.
THE BIG FIGHT
No one shucked their mitts.
* Calgary scratches — D Derek Smith, D Anton Babchuk, G Miikka Kiprusoff (knee), C Mikael Backlund (knee), LW Sven Baertschi (hip flexor), LW Michael Cammalleri (hip flexor).
*Minnesota scratches — LW Matt Kassian, D Marco Scandella, C Torrey Mitchell.
Wild 2 Flames 1 (SO)
Penalties — T Jackman Cgy (Roughing) 3:08; M Giordano Cgy (Holding) 8:01.
1. Minnesota, K Brodziak 1 (D Setoguchi, R Suter) 18:22.
Penalties — J Bouwmeester Cgy (Interference) 3:10; T Gilbert Min (Hooking) 6:19.
2. Calgary, J Hudler 3 (R Cervenka) 1:28.
Penalties — R Suter Min (Interference) 9:52; A Tanguay Cgy (Tripping) 14:15.
Penalties — None.
Calgary, B Jones (saved), J Hudler (goal), ATanguay (saved).
Minnesota, Z Parise (goal), M Koivu (goal).
Shots on goal by
Minnesota 8 10 5 1 —24
Calgary 7 10 6 1 —24
Power plays (goals-chances) — Minnesota: 0-4, Calgary: 0-2.
Goal (shots-saves) — Minnesota: N Backstrom (24-23, W, 5-4-1). Calgary: L Irving (24-23, L, 1-1-1).
Referees: Mike Hasenfratz, Kevin Pollock.
Linesmen: Jean Morin, Mark Wheler.
Att. at Calgary, Alberta — 19,289.
Wednesday, Golden Oldie Jaromir Jagr and the rest of GM Joe Nieuwendyk’s Dallas Stars come ‘a-callin’ to the Scotiabank Saddledome, 7:30 p.m (Radio: Fan 960, TV: TSN).
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