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Post Game Notes vs. Calgary (Dec. 20)

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
RW Martin Havlat notched the game-winning goal in the third period and added an assist, C Kyle Brodziak scored a goal to reach the 100-point plateau in his career and G Niklas Backstrom made 34 saves, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Calgary Flames 4-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 18,315 at Xcel Energy Center. RW Cal Clutterbuck added a goal and an assist and C John Madden also scored for Minnesota, which has won two straight and plays at Colorado on Thursday.

C Kyle Brodziak scored his sixth goal of the season – second in as many home games – to reach the 100-point (51-59=100) plateau in his 289-game NHL career.

RW Martin Havlat tallied a goal and an assist and has 21 points (7-14=21) in his last 18 contests. Havlat ranks first on the Wild roster with 30 points (8-22=30) in 32 games.

RW Cal Clutterbuck notched a goal and an assist, his first two-point game since Feb. 14, 2010 against Vancouver.

C John Madden, a veteran of 821 NHL games, scored his seventh career PPG. It marked his first PPG in 232 games since Dec. 16, 2007, against Philadelphia. It marked Madden’s fifth goal in 30 games this season.

G Niklas Backstrom made 34 saves and is 7-1-1 in his last nine decisions against Calgary, holding a 1.22 GAA and a.959 SV%.

D Marco Scandella, recalled from AHL Houston prior to the game, picked up his second assist in six games this season.

Minnesota has won back-to-back games in regulation for the first time since a three-game streak Nov. 2-Nov. 6. The Wild has won two in a row by more than a goal for the first time since Oct. 19-Oct. 21.

The Wild scored a pair of third-period PPG in 3:46, snapping a streak of 27 consecutive scoreless power plays at home for the Wild dating back to Nov. 2. Minnesota also scored two PPG in a game for the first time since Nov. 14 in Tampa Bay.

The Wild is 9-2-1 in its last 12 games overall against the Flames, and is 6-1-3 in the last 10 home games.

Minnesota swept a home-and-home for the first time since 11/27-11/28/09 (Colorado). The Wild defeated Calgary 3-1 in Alberta on Saturday.
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