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Postgame Hat Trick: Flames 5, Wild 4 (SO)

Calgary takes extra point in seven-round shootout as Wild earns three of four points on the weekend

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 5-4 shootout loss against the Calgary Flames at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Sunday night:

1. There must be something about overtimes this weekend.

After heading to the extra session on Saturday in a 3-2 win, and watching the Vikings win in extra time against the New Orleans Saints earlier in the day, the Wild decided to double down once again.

This time, however, overtime wasn't enough as the Wild and Flames went to a skills competition to decide who would leave St. Paul with the extra point. 

Video: CGY@MIN: Greenway deflects home Spurgeon's shot

Unfortunately for the Wild, it was only able to muster one goal in seven shootout rounds as Dillon Dube scored the winner to get the Flames the extra point. 

The two teams will reconvene again Thursday night in Calgary. It will be the third and final meeting of the teams this season. 
 

2. Marcus Foligno finished off a heckuva weekend. 

The hulking Wild forward was all over the ice in a 3-2 win on Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets, scoring a goal, dishing out an assist, posting four shots on goal and piling up five hits.

Video: CGY@MIN: Foligno picks the corner on Rittich

He got after it again on Sunday, scoring a pair of first period goals for his first two-goal game since March 2, 2017, when he was a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

Video: CGY@MIN: Foligno sneaks loose puck past Rittich

Foligno now has seven goals in just 33 games this season, which ties his total in 82 games last year and is just one shy of the eight he scored in 77 games the year before that. At this point, his career high of 13 goals that he scored in his final season in Buffalo seems to be in jeopardy, especially if he continues his current stretch of hot play.


3. The Wild celebrated Devan Dubnyk's 500th NHL game. 

Dubnyk played in game No. 500 on Nov. 7, becoming just the 73rd goaltender in League history to reach the milestone, which is the rough equivalent of a skater playing in 1,000 games. In addition to his parents, his mother-in-law, his wife and three sons, Wild goaltending coach Bob Mason and NHL executive Kay Whitmore were on hand to present Dubnyk with the silver goalie stick.

Video: CGY@MIN: Dubnyk honored for 500 career NHL games

The Wild also donated $5,000 to Masonic Children's Hospital in Dubnyk's name. 

Dubnyk played in his 300th Wild game Oct. 5 and started his 300th Wild game Oct. 22 to become the second goaltender in team history to play and start 300-plus games (Niklas Backstrom, 409/391).

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