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Wild tame Flames

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

The Minnesota Wild downed the Calgary Flames 3-1 Saturday at the Scotiabank Saddledome, handing the Flames their first loss in three games.

The Wild played a tight defensive game and got goals from Antti Miettinen on the power play and Mikko Koivu and Chuck Kobasew at even strength.

Matt Stajan scored for the Flames late in the third period.

The Wild scored all three of their goals during a span of about 28 minutes during which they only had six shots on net. The key for the Wild was that they made their chances count.

With goalie Miikka Kiprusoff pulled in favour of the extra attacker, the Flames pressed in the final 90 seconds of the game. Mark Giordano hit a post and Olli Jokinen just missed tucking in the rebound.

The Flames outshot the Wild 15-4 in the third period but could only solve Niklas Backstrom once. Overall the Flames outshot the Wild 29-16.

"I thought they were opportunistic tonight," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who had a nine-game point streak halted. "We didn't generate enough. It was tight all around."

Calgary, coming off two straight wins at home, finish a three-game homestand with a 2-1-0 record.

The two teams will face each other again on Monday, this time in Minnesota.

NOTES: The Flames scratches were Curtis Glencross, Craig Conroy and Brendan Mikkelson...The Flames will take a three-game road trip to head into a brief Christmas break. They are back at home again December 27 to host the Buffalo Sabres.

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