RW Jarome Iginla snapped a 10-game scoreless streak against the Wild with a hat trick and an assist, and RW Rene Bourque scored 19 seconds into the game and added three helpers, as the Calgary Flames defeated Minnesota 5-2 in front of 18,217 – the Wild’s 400th sellout in as many games at Xcel Energy Center. Calgary G Vesa Toskala made 27 saves to move to 4-0-0 all-time at Xcel Energy Center. LW Guillaume Latendresse
scored both goals for Minnesota, which plays host to Florida on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
LW Guillaume Latendresse
scored two goals – giving him 23 on the season, and 21 in 38 games with the Wild. Latendresse has seven goals in his last nine games overall and has 14 goals in 21 games at Xcel Energy Center this season. Latendresse’s 14 home goals are tied for the eighth most by any Wild player in a single season. Only four players have scored more, led by Marian Gaborik’s 28 in 2007-08. Also, Latendresse’s 0.67 goals per game average at home is second-highest for a single season – trailing only Gaborik (0.72 in 2007-08).
C Andrew Ebbett skated a career-high 19:56 and won a career-best 15 faceoffs (15-of-23).
G Niklas Backstrom
made 19 saves. He earned his second career assist in 219 games – first since Feb. 6, 2007, at Dallas.
LW Rene Bourque scored 19 seconds into the game, the fastest goal against the Wild to open a game all-time at Xcel Energy Center. Current Wild LW Andrew Brunette, then with Colorado, scored 26 seconds into a game Dec. 23, 2005.
RW Jarome Iginla scored three goals – his first tallies versus the Wild in 11 games dating back to a hat trick March 22, 2008. Iginla is the all-time leader in goals (30) and points (53) against Minnesota. Iginla notched his sixth career multi-goal game versus the Wild and third hat trick. No other player has more than one hat trick versus Minnesota. Iginla’s first goal went down as his eighth career game-winner against Minnesota – snapping a tie with Joe Sakic for the most ever.
G Vesa Toskala made 27 saves, earning the victory for Calgary to move to 4-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA and a .939 SV% all-time against the Wild, including 4-0-0 mark and a 1.25 GAA and a .94 SV% (240 MIN, 92-97) at Xcel Energy Center. Toskala became the first Flames goalie other than Miikka Kiprusoff to start versus Minnesota since Jamie McLennan (now Flames goalie coach) since Nov. 7, 2003. Kiprusoff had started the Flames’ last 37 games against the Wild.
The Wild lost in regulation for the first time in nine games versus the Northwest Division (7-1-1).
Minnesota fell to 12-2-4 in regular season home games in March and April in the last two-plus seasons.