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Kuemper, Wild hang on to extinguish Flames 3-2 and stretch season-high winning streak to 5

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 10:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Kuemper, Wild hang on to extinguish Flames 3-2 and stretch season-high winning streak to 5

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Jared Spurgeon's power-play goal in the third period helped the Minnesota Wild notch their season-high fifth straight win, 3-2 over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Kyle Brodziak also scored, rookie Darcy Kuemper stopped 21 shots during his 15th start in a row, and the Wild raised their record at home to 22-7-2. Playing in front of their fans for the first time in 25 days due to the Olympic break, the Wild also improved to 14-4-2 since the new year began while welcoming captain Mikko Koivu back from injury.

Zach Parise gave the Wild some insurance by camping in the crease and deflecting a shot past Reto Berra with 5:16 remaining for his 21st goal. Just 77 seconds later, Mark Giordano scored to bring the Flames back within a goal. But Kuemper hung on to raise his record to 11-3-2.

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