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Post Game Notes vs. Calgary

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
G Josh Harding made 29 saves to earn his fifth straight home win, RW Chuck Kobasew scored two goals and C Mikko Koivu notched two assists, as the Minnesota Wild knocked off the Calgary Flames, 4-3, in front of 18,411 at Xcel Energy Center. LW Andrew Brunette and LW Guillaume Latendresse scored a goal apiece for Minnesota, which plays host to San Jose on Tuesday.

G Josh Harding made 29 saves in his career-high seventh straight start. He hasn’t lost at home since Feb. 14, 2009. He is 5-0-0 with a 2.03 GAA and a .935 SV% at home since then.

RW Chuck Kobasew scored two goals, giving him four in his last four games, and eight on the season. Kobasew registered his ninth career multiple-goal game – his first since a hat trick Nov. 27.

LW Guillaume Latendresse scored his 26th goal of the season – 24th in 47 games with Minnesota. That’s the 10th-most goals scored by a Wild player in a single season. Latendresse has 16 goals in just 25 games at Xcel Energy Center, tied for fifth-most in a single season. Latendresse is tied for ninth in the NHL with 24 goals since being acquired from Montreal on Nov. 23.

LW Andrew Brunette scored a goal and has five points (3-2=5) in his last six games. Brunette has 21 goals – six off his career-high, set in 2006-07 with Colorado.

C Mikko Koivu had two assists, giving him 46 this season to move into fourth place on the team’s single-season list. Koivu has 66 points (20-46=66), one assist off his career-high, and also one point off his career-high. Koivu had 67 points (20-47=67) in 2008-09. Pierre-Marc Bouchard holds the team record of 50 assists, in 2007-08. Koivu leads the Wild with 18 multiple point games this season. Minnesota is 14-4-0 when Koivu has at least two points.

D Nick Schultz had an assist. The helper was his 16th point (1-15=16), tying his career-high 16-point season (6-10=16) set in 2003-04.

D Brent Burns notched his third assist in as many games played. He missed six games due to injury and returned today. Burns was plus-two today and is plus-six over his last six games played.

RW Cal Clutterbuck’s assist was his eighth this season, a new career-high. Clutterbuck has a career-high 20 points (12-8=20).

Minnesota improved to 15-2-5 in regular season home games in March and April in the last two-plus seasons.

The Wild, which trailed 1-0, has trailed at some point in 15 of its 35 wins, but came from behind for the first time since Jan. 11 versus Pittsburgh.

Minnesota is 21-11-6 in one-goal games, while Calgary fell to 16-13-9.

The Wild is 9-1-1 in its last 11 games against the Northwest Division, and is 14-6-1 versus the Northwest this season.

Flames G Miikka Kiprusoff took the loss in relief of G Vesa Toskala. Kiprusoff is now 0-4-1 in his last five decisions against the Wild.

Calgary D Steve Staios snapped an 86-game goal drought with a first period PPG.


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