BABCHUK BACK IN
With TJ Brodie out with an upper body injury, Anton Babchuk found himself back in the lineup. The 27 year-old looked a tad rusty in his first few shifts but grew more comfortable as time wore on. He was paired with Derek Smith for the night.
The blueliner has now played 19 games this season, amassing five assists.
EXCELLENT OPENING FRAME
The Flames carried the play throughout the first period and headed into the locker room with a 1-0 lead after twenty minutes on the ice.
Calgary outshot the Wild 13-5, cycled well in the offensize zone and played responsibly in the neutral and defensive zones. When the Wild were able to gain possession in their zone, Miikka Kiprusoff was his usual stellar self.
Jarome Iginla pushed his point streak to point streak to six games when he was deposited a beautiful pass from Alex Tanguay into the back of the net at 9:31. Their linemate, Matt Stajan, also assisted on the captain's 29th goal of the season. The trio combined for four shots on net in the first period.
The Flames have now scored the first goal in 11 straight games.
A SLEEPY SECOND
The middle frame saw both teams play tightly in their own end, resulting in scoreless period. Neither team gave up much and the scoring chances were extremely rare.
The closest the Flames came to beating netminder Matt Hackett was when Mark Giordano's shot from the slot flew over the goaltender's shoulder and bounced off the crossbar. The Wild's best chance came with just 13 seconds left in the period when Jared Spurgeon nearly snuck one past Kiprusoff.
Sven Baertschi notched his first NHL goal at 1:43 of the third period, capping off a terrific game for the youngster.
Smith took a shot from the point, which Baertschi deflected on net, and while Hackett was able to make the initial save, he couldn't control the rebound. Baertschi was in position to grab the loose puck and showed great patience, hanging onto the puck before throwing it into the net.
A WILD THIRD PERIOD
Baertschi's goal gave the Flames a 2-0 lead but Erik Christensen quickly tied the game up with two goals in 2:20. His first goal was one Kiprusoff would like to have back while his second was the result of an excellent forecheck by Minnesota.
Curtis Glencross answered back with his 25th goal of the season. Iginla fanned on his shot but ended up knocking the puck right to the winger. Glencross now has goals in seven straight games.
Olli Jokinen gave the Flames another two goal lead when he threw a David Moss pass past Hackett at 14:42. However, that lead was cut to one when Devin Setoguchi potted one with 64 seconds left in regulation.