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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Wild

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames hoped to gain a valuable two points over their divisional rival, the Minnesota Wild, on Wednesday. Things didn't go exactly as planned.

The Wild downed the Flames 6-0 in the first of Calgary's two-game homestand.

Minnesota opened the scoring early when Martin Havlat was left all alone in the slot and was able to snap a wrist shot past Kiprusoff for his 12th goal of the year. Kyle Brodziak and Greg Zanon earned the assists on the tally.

The Wild continued their offensive onslaught when captain Mikko Koivu was able to score through a partial screen while Minnesota was on the power play. His shot from the faceoff circle flew past Kiprusoff at 6:04 with Matt Cullen and Andrew Brunette getting the helpers.

Despite getting 10 shots on net and surviving a 5:00 Wild power play, the Flames allowed another goal in the second period when John Madden's one-timer from point blank range flew into the back of the net with 1:37 remaining in the frame.

The third period saw the Wild score three goals and halted any chance of a Flames comeback.

Cal Clutterbuck added the fourth tally at 2:48 of the third period when he ripped a shot off the half-wall. Brodziak and Havlat assisted on Clutterbuck's 14th of the season. Former Flame Chuck Kobasew scored at 12:04. Then, Havlat scored his second of night at 17:08, pushing the score to 6-0.

After allowing two goals in the first seven minutes, the Flames buckled down defensively and got themselves back on track. However, a lapse in front of the net led the Wild's third tally of the night, making it impossible to climb back from such a deficit against a stingy Minnesota club.

Madden was allowed to set up shop in front of Kiprusoff late in the middle frame. He was in the perfect position to one-time a pass from Brunette, who dished it to him from behind the net. Kiprusoff had no chance on the shot and the goal seemed to deflate the club as they went into the third period.

The Flames best scoring opportunity came mid-way through the first period when Jarome Iginla was able to draw not only three Wild players to him but also the attention of Backstrom when the Flames captain went barreling into the corner with the puck.

Seeing linemate Brendan Morrison skate into the slot without anyone covering him, Iginla decided to dish the puck off to him and hoped he would be able to push it into the empty cage he had in front of him.

Unfortunately, the saucer pass bounced right before it got to Morrison and he wasn't able to get his stick on the pass to deflect it into the net.

On a night where his team struggled mightily offensively, Olli Jokinen tried his best to get his team on the scoresheet.

The Finn led his club in shots with six and he and his linemates, Rene Bourque and Ales Kotalik, had several excellent scoring opportunities.

Overall, Jokinen was a -1, blocked one shot and won 60 per cent of his faceoffs in 15:01 of ice time.

Robyn Regehr has now passed Theoren Fleury for 3rd all-time games played for the Flames after playing in his 792nd game on Wednesday.

Jay Bouwmeester played in his 600th NHL game.

David Moss needs two points to reach 100 in his career.

"I don't think he'll tell you he's feeling the best he's ever felt but he's a great goalie. He's a great player. We all have tough weeks here and there. We're all in this together and he's had a great year. Maybe it's a week he'd like to have back, we'd all like to have back. We'd like to be better in front of him. He's a great player and a great goaltender and we just move forward as a team and get better in front of him."- Iginla on the play of Kiprusoff

Friday, Jan. 21 vs. Dallas
  7:00 PM MT (Sportsnet West, FAN 960)

The Flames welcome the Dallas Stars on Friday. It's the Stars first appearance in Calgary this season. The Flames hold the edge in the season series 1-0 after a 3-2 SO win in Dallas on Dec. 23.

Game time is 7:00 PM MT on Sportsnet West and The FAN 960.
3 Times in 4 games Kiprusoff has allowed 4 or more goals.
37 Shots on net for the Flames. Jokinen led the club with 6.
5:00 Penalty minutes for Curtis Glencross, who was handed a major penalty for boarding in the second period.
18 Blocked shots for Minnesota. The Flames had 6.
4 Shots for Mark Giordano. He also had 5 shots blocked by the Wild.

1st Star
Niklas Backstrom
37 37 0 60:00 1.00
2nd Star
Martin Havlat
G A P +/- Shots
2 1 3 +3 2
3rd Star
Chuck Kobasew
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +2 1

Niklas Backstrom
37 37 0 60:00 1.00

Miikka Kiprusoff
24 18 6 60:00 .750

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