Flames slow Wild's playoff push

BY foxsports • March 29, 2009

Jamie Lundmark had a goal and an assist, and Eric Nystrom netted the winner to lead the CalgaryFlames to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Daymond Langkow also scored for Calgary, and Miikka Kiprusoff made only 13 saves in earning his NHL-leading 43rd win of the season.

Andrew Brunette and James Sheppard scored for Minnesota, three points behind eighth-place Edmonton and St. Louis at the playoff cutoff in the Western Conference. The Wild will visit Edmonton on Sunday night.

The Flames carried the play early, but the Wild scored first when Brunette swatted a rebound past Kiprusoff 11:56 into the game.

Calgary tied it at 13:23 when Lundmark's snap shot from the right circle beat Niklas Backstrom high to the glove side. The goal snapped a scoreless span of 133 minutes, 51 seconds for the Flames, who were shut out in back-to-back games at Pittsburgh and Columbus on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Flames took a 2-1 lead with 4:23 left in the first when Langkow converted a feed from Todd Bertuzzi, who outbattled Minnesota defenseman Martin Skoula behind the net before throwing the puck out front to his linemate.

At 11:13 of the second period,

Sheppard scored his first goal in 26 games 11:13 into the second to bring Minnesota into a 2-2 tie.

After Wild rookie Cal Clutterbuck took a rare clipping penalty, the Flames appeared to pull ahead when Olli Jokinen slapped a shot past Backstrom. Referee Eric Furlatt immediately waved off the goal because Calgary forward Curtis Glencross impeded with Backstrom in the crease.

The Flames regained control of the puck on that power play, and Glencross appeared to score when he tipped a point shot by Jarome Iginla past Backstrom. Furlatt again waved off the goal because Glencross tipped the puck with a high stick. The call was upheld after a video review.

Calgary's persistence finally paid off when Iginla made a nice pass across to Nystrom, who one-timed a shot into the top corner to make it 3-2.


Bertuzzi played his second game back after missing 11 following knee surgery in March. ... Calgary hasn't scored a power-play goal in 16 opportunities. ... Kiprusoff improved to 24-6-3 against the Wild.

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