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Koivu wins it for Wild after Flames rally to tie

by Aaron Vickers /

CALGARY -- The Minnesota Wild wasted little time getting back on track.

Mikko Koivu scored 1:50 into overtime to give the Wild a 4-3 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.

Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves, and Justin Fontaine and Matt Dumba scored for Minnesota (29-21-7), which had a point in 10 straight games (8-0-2) to tie a Wild record set from March 8-27, 2007 before losing to the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Monday.

"Even that one extra point, it's huge, especially against a team that we're chasing (for the Stanley Cup Playoffs)," Koivu said. "Every point is very important and you need it all. We want to take as many as we can and move forward."

Jiri Hudler and Lance Bouma scored for Calgary (32-23-3), which ends a four-game homestand Friday against the Anaheim Ducks before a season-high seven-game road trip against Eastern Conference teams.

"It's nice to get a point there but, at the same time, we're not happy about it," Bouma said. "Our effort wasn't the best to start the game off. It's hard when you fall behind early and you rely on that comeback. We can't do that. We have to make sure that we play the whole way and play the same way for the entire game."

The Flames, who lead the NHL with 10 wins when trailing after two periods, couldn't orchestrate a second straight comeback victory after a 4-3 overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Monday.

Bouma tied the game 10:14 into the third period with a sharp-angle shot.

In overtime, Koivu took a pass from Charlie Coyle and outwaited Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman before beating goaltending Jonas Hiller.

"I knew there was still probably one [defenseman] against me, but it's always tough for a defender when you have to come towards the puck-carrier," Koivu said. "I tried to do a little fake and buy some time for myself and then get the puck to the net and it went in."

The goal came after Dumba made a play on Hudler that prevented the Flames forward from tapping in the game-winner.

"Him and [Johnny] Gaudreau, two speedy little guys, and they were trying to tie us up and weave in behind us," Dumba said. "I knew he was getting the puck. Gaudreau kind of sauced it back there and [Wild defenseman Marco Scandella] stuck with him, so I knew I had to switch under. I was just able to get a stick on that puck and kick it out back into the slot and it went the other way."

Flames coach Bob Hartley said, "Still, it's a big point. I believe it's Dumba that just got his stick when Jiri Hudler had a wide-open net, and then they came back and executed a nice play, and that was the game.

"At the start, we had two missed assignments on their first two goals. Obviously we didn't get a good start, but the second and third periods I felt we had momentum and we carried the play and Dubnyk came up with a few good saves."

Minnesota opened the scoring for the 10th time in its past 11 games and 12th in 15. Calgary has surrendered the first goal 11 times in its past 13 games.

Charlie Coyle centered to Thomas Vanek, who fed Fontaine, who lifted his fifth goal of the season over Hiller's glove to put the Wild up 1-0 at 8:40 of the first period.

The Flames surrendered the second when Dumba cruised over the blue line and beat Hiller's blocker at 11:36.

"Being able to capitalize on the opportunity I got was awesome," said Dumba, a Calgary native. "It just worked out that I got the puck and the guys on the ice did a great job of making some space for me and I got kind of lucky.

"It's always nice scoring in Calgary. I remember even back to my [Western Hockey League] days getting a goal in the 'Dome is pretty sweet with your family here."

On the faceoff following an icing, Flames forward Sean Monahan won it back to Wideman. He quickly sent a shot through a screen that was redirected by Hudler between Dubnyk's legs to make it 2-1 with 2:52 remaining. Video review confirmed that Hudler's stick was at or below the height of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the net to give him his fifth goal in the past seven games.

"I don't understand how the first goal is a goal," Yeo said. "If a player tips a puck and the stick touches the puck at his head, unless he's 4-feet tall, I'm not sure how that's a goal. But obviously it was seen differently.

"We overcame some things during the game like that goal, like losing a defenseman early in the game, and our guys responded well."

Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon sustained an upper-body injury early in the first period and did not return. Yeo didn't provide an update on his status.

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