RW Martin Havlat snapped a tie early in the third period with his first goal of the season and G Niklas Backstrom
made 33 saves, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Calgary Flames, 2-1, in front of 17,124 at Xcel Energy Center. RW Cal Clutterbuck
added a goal and C Matt Cullen
picked up his 300th assist for Minnesota, which finished a five-game homestand 3-1-1. The Wild begins a four-game road trip at Columbus on Saturday.
The Wild finished a five-game homestand 3-1-1, defeating Washington, San Jose and Calgary. Collectively, the five teams that visited Xcel Energy Center had a .671 points percentage last season.
G Niklas Backstrom
made 33 saves to improve to 6-3-2 with a 1.80 GAA and a .941 SV% this season. Backstrom is 5-1-0 in his last seven appearances against Calgary. This season at Xcel Energy Center, Backstrom is 5-3-1 with a 1.61 GAA and a .945 SV%. In his last four home games, Backstrom is 3-1-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .967 SV%.
RW Martin Havlat scored his first goal in 15 games dating back to March 29 against Los Angeles. Havlat recorded his 35th career game-winning goal. The Wild improved to 12-5-1 when Havlat scores a goal. Havlat has 12 goals in 21 regular season games against Calgary, and another three in six post-season contests. He tallied his fourth career game-winner versus the Flames.
C Matt Cullen
became the ninth Minnesota native in NHL history to reach 300 assists with his helper on the game-winner. Cullen has 472 points (172-300=472) in 892 NHL games.
RW Cal Clutterbuck
scored his third goal of the season. The Wild is 17-8-0 all-time when Clutterbuck scores a goal.
LW Andrew Brunette recorded an assist and has a four-game point streak (1-3=4). Brunette has eight points (3-5=8) in 12 games this season.
D Justin Falk
posted his second assist in 12 games this season. He is a plus-4, ranking third amongst rookie blueliners.
C Mikko Koivu
had his seven-game point streak snapped. That tied his career-high.
Minnesota is 5-1-2 in its last eight home meetings against Calgary and 7-1-0 in its last eight, overall.
The Wild went 0-for-2 on the power play, winning its first game of the season (1-2-1) when failing to score a PPG.
Minnesota has won back-to-back home games for the first time since a three-game win streak March 14-March 21, 2010.
LW Matt Kassian
made his NHL debut, skating nine shifts. Kassian, drafted 57th overall by Minnesota in 2005, became the 27th Wild draft pick to skate with the team. C Cody Almond
made his season debut and skated seven shifts.