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Chad Johnson, Flames shut out Wild

Backup goalie makes 27 saves, Johnny Gaudreau scores only goal

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Chad Johnson made 27 saves and Johnny Gaudreau scored for the Calgary Flames in a 1-0 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

Calgary (6-10-1) ended a four-game losing streak. 

"We were determined," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. "A few of the things we walked about today were the 50-50 hockey and embracing it. Not a fast start, we talked about a smart start in the first. We broke the game down into 10-minute increments and then the competed."

 

WATCH: All Flames vs. Wild highlights

 

Gaudreau left the bench at 4:08 of the third period and didn't return after taking a slash to the wrist. Gulutzan did not have an update after the game.

Johnson started in place of Brian Elliott for the first time since a 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 6.

"I felt good. I thought we got better as a group as the game went on and everybody was more confident," Johnson said. "They had a little bit of pressure and we weathered the storm, and you could see that we didn't get rattled with them coming hard at us. I felt good and everybody did a good job."

Video: CGY@MIN: Johnson uses glove to deny Spurgeon

Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for the Wild (8-6-1), who lost for the second time at home this season.

Gaudreau scored a power-play goal at 6:05 of the first period. Defenseman Mark Giordano had the assist.

Wild forward Zach Parise returned to the lineup after missing six games because of a foot injury.

There were 13 penalties called in the game, five in 5:08 during the second period.

"We were in the box for half the [second] period," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "When we get penalties, the guys are exerting all their energy to kill penalties, not to be able to score goals. Not making excuses for us not scoring, but that's a byproduct of that."

Video: CGY@MIN: Johnson stops Parise's chance in the 1st

 

Goal of the game

Gaudreau capitalized on a power play, stickhandling around three Wild players before backhanding a shot past Dubnyk.

Video: CGY@MIN: Gaudreau fights off defenders to net PPG

 

Save of the game

At 12:18 of the second period, Flames forward Mikael Backlund started a rush and found Troy Brouwer on the right side, but Dubnyk slid across the crease.  

Video: CGY@MIN: Dubnyk slides across to stop Brouwer's tip

 

Unsung moment of the game

Minnesota had a 4-on-1 scoring opportunity at 15:24 of the first period, when forward Jason Zucker took a pass from Mikael Granlund and let go a shot that hit the left goal post.

The Wild hit the goal post twice more in the second period, and Calgary had two shots go off the post in the second and third periods.

 

Highlight of the game

Protecting a one-goal lead late in the game, Johnson made a save against Wild forward Charlie Coyle at 13:10 of the third period.

Video: CGY@MIN: Johnson turns aside Coyle from the doorstep

 

They said it

"Yeah, I think we needed one of these. So far this year, we've given up a lot of goals. We win 1-0, it's one of those learning games where you have to learn how to play with a lead and try to limit the other team's chances and find a way to come out with a win." -- Flames defenseman TJ Brodie

 

"We've got to as a group ask ourselves, did we really do enough to give ourselves a chance to create offense, to sustain offense, to get scoring chances, and I don't think we did. I think we left a lot out there and there's a lot of things that go into making plays and creating offense and we just didn't do it tonight." -- Wild forward Zach Parise

 

Need to know

Calgary scored on the power play for a second consecutive game. … The Wild hosted their Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness night, honoring pediatric patients on the ice.

 

What's next

Wild: Host the Boston Bruins on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, NESN, NHL.TV)

Flames: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; FS-AZ+, SN, SN1, NHL.TV)

 

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