CALGARY - Jamie Lundmark had a goal and an assist, while Eric Nystrom notched the game winner to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.
Daymond Langkow also scored for Calgary (43-26-6), while goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was forced to make just 13 saves for his league-leading 43rd win of the season.
Andrew Brunette and James Sheppard scored for Minnesota (35-32-8), which is three points behind both the Edmonton Oilers and the St. Louis Blues for the eighth and final playoff berth in the NHL's Western Conference. The Wild will play the Oilers in Edmonton on Sunday night.
Although it was the Flames who held the majority of the early play, the Wild hit the scoresheet first when Brunette swatted a rebound past Kiprusoff.
Calgary tied up the game at 13:23 of the opening frame when Lundmark's snap shot from the right faceoff circle beat Niklas Backstrom high to the glove side. The goal snapped a scoreless span of 133:51 for the Flames, who were shut out in back-to-back road games in Pittsburgh and Columbus on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Flames took a 2-1 lead when Langkow converted a feed from Todd Bertuzzi, who outbattled Minnesota defenceman Martin Skoula behind the net before throwing the puck out front to his linemate.
At 11:13 of the second period, Sheppard scored his first goal in 26 games to tie the game once again.
After rookie Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck took a rare clipping penalty, the Flames appeared to pull ahead when Olli Jokinen slapped a shot past Backstrom, but referee Eric Furlatt immediately waived off the goal, claiming that Calgary forward Curtis Glencross impeded with Backstrom in the crease.
The Flames then regained control of the puck while on the same power play and Glencross appeared to score when he tipped a point shot by Jarome Iginla past Backstrom. Once again, Furlatt immediately waived off the goal saying that Glencross tipped the puck with a high stick. After a short video review, the call was upheld much to the chagrin of the sell-out crowd of 19,289 fans in attendance at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Calgary's persistence finally paid off when Iginla made a nice saucer pass across to Nystrom who made no mistake by one-timing a shot into the top corner to finally put the Flames up 3-2.
Notes: For Bertuzzi, it was his second game back after missing 11 games due to arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent in early March. . . . The Calgary power play has now failed so score in 16 straight opportunities. . . . Kiprusoff improved his all-time record against the Wild to 24-6-3, while Backstrom's record against the Flames is now 4-6-4.