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Wild score three goals in first period, beat Flames 4-0

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild finally figured out Miikka Kiprusoff with three goals on 10 shots in the first period for a 4-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night that kept their slim playoff chances alive.

Andrew Brunette, Cal Clutterbuck and Owen Nolan scored in the first for the 10th-place Wild, who moved within two points of idle eighth-place St. Louis and the post-season cutoff in the Western Conference.

Marian Gaborik polished things off in the third period and Niklas Backstrom made 27 saves for his eighth shutout of the season, the second most in the NHL.

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