C Eric Belanger scored two goals in his 600th NHL game, C Kyle Brodziak
had a goal and an assist and G Niklas Backstrom
made 24 saves, as the Minnesota Wild snapped Calgary’s five-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory over the Flames in front of 18,137 at Xcel Energy Center. RW Cal Clutterbuck
added a goal, D Nick Schultz tied his career-high with two assists and D Marek Zidlicky also had two helpers as Minnesota earned its third straight win over Calgary – a new franchise-best. The Wild plays host to Chicago on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Minnesota has defeated Calgary in three straight meetings for the first time in team history, with a 10-1 combined margin of victory. The Wild went 2-9-4 in the previous 15 meetings. Prior to this run, the Wild had beaten the Flames two straight times just once – the first two meetings ever in the 2000-01 season. Minnesota improved to 3-0-2 in the last five home meetings.
C Eric Belanger scored two goals in his 600th NHL game. Belanger has eight points (5-3=8) in his last eight games and ranks fifth on the Wild roster with 24 points (11-13=24).
C Kyle Brodziak
scored his first goal in 29 games dating back to Nov. 5 vs. Vancouver. Brodziak added an assist to tie his career-high with two points.
D Nick Schultz recorded his second career two-assist game, with the other coming Jan. 24, 2008, at Colorado. Tonight marked his fourth career two-point game.
RW Martin Havlat posted an assist and has a six-game point streak (1-5=6) to tie his season-high. Havlat has points in 12 of his last 14 games since Dec. 11, with 15 points (5-10=15) in that span. Havlat is fourth on the Wild roster with 26 points (7-19=26).
D Marek Zidlicky recorded two assists and has eight helpers in the last seven games. Zidlicky leads all Wild defensemen in assists (24) and points (27).
The Wild played its 700th game in franchise history (313-275-111).
Minnesota has given up the game’s first goal in 18 of its last 25 contests.
The Wild won by three goals for the first time since a 5-2 win at Toronto Nov. 10.
Flames RW Jarome Iginla, the all-time leader in goals (27) and points (49) versus the Wild, failed to score a goal for the ninth straight meeting. He has three assists in that span, since his last goal – a hat trick – March 22, 2008.
Calgary G Miikka Kiprusoff allowed more than one goal for just the third time in his last nine games played. Kiprusoff fell to 24-8-4 all-time against the Wild, but is 0-2-1 in his last three tries.