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Postgame Hat Trick: Flames 5, Wild 1

Monahan scores twice as Calgary snaps Minnesota's 14-game road point streak

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

Wild fall to Flames, 5-1

MIN Recap: Zucker scores as Wild lose to Flames

Jason Zucker scored the lone goal for the Wild and Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves, but Minnesota lost to the Flames, 5-1, on the road

  • 04:11 •'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 5-1 loss against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Wednesday night:

1. Mikael Granlund had an assist on Jason Zucker's second period goal, rewriting a chapter in franchise lore.

The helper extended Granlund's scoring streak to 11 games, breaking the previous team record of 10 held by Andrew Brunette and Erik Haula. Granlund has two goals and 11 assists during the stretch.

Video: MIN@CGY: Zucker buries Granlund's slick feed

The goal was a beauty, too. Granlund gained control of the puck at neutral along the right-wing boards and led a 2-on-1 break. As he skated to the faceoff dot, Granlund pushed his stick forward and put a perfect backhand pass to Zucker flying through the slow all by himself. 

In one motion, Zucker slammed on the brakes at the top of the crease and redirected the puck over the shoulder of Flames goaltender Brian Elliott to get the Wild within a goal at 12:40.

2. The loss snapped Minnesota's 14-game road points streak, providing an appropriate bookend to a franchise-record stretch that began in this same building on Dec. 2.

"It says a lot for how we've been playing and what we've been doing. For it to happen like that with us just not playing great," said Wild forward Zach Parise. "It was a good run. We've got a lot of important games, a lot of good games. Lets learn from it and prepare for the next one."

The Flames (26-24-3) defeated the Wild 3-2 in a shootout that night before Minnesota rattled off 12 consecutive wins, including road victories in Edmonton, Toronto, Nashville, Montreal, New York, Nashville (again) and San Jose. An overtime loss in Los Angeles kept the string going before a few more wins in Anaheim, Dallas and Chicago, Dallas (again) and Edmonton (again). 

That's a 12-0-2 mark for those counting at home, which helped spur a 22-3-2 record overall during the streak.

"You don't play well in front of your goalie, you give them opportunities and looks, they're going to score," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "They beat us. They played better than us. I thought going into the third period we still had a good shot at it, but they came out stronger in the third, which is usually a forte of ours. We didn't get it done."

3. Devan Dubnyk's stat line may not have shown it, but the All-Star goaltender gave his team a chance on Wednesday, especially over the first two periods.

Playing in his first game back since his second career All-Star appearance over the weekend, Dubnyk made 31 saves and kept Minnesota (33-12-5) in the game despite an early two-goal hole. 

In his hometown of Calgary, Dubnyk surrendered a pair of goals over the first 8:09 of the contest. There was nothing he could do about the first one, a deflection in front by Alex Chiasson, and Sean Monahan's goal less than four minutes later was a power-play tally that gave the Flames an early two-goal cushion.

But Dubnyk locked things down after that, including a 16-save second period where Minnesota clawed back into the game on Zucker's goal. 

Video: MIN@CGY: Dubnyk turns away Tkachuk's scoring chance

The Wild had several chances to tie the game late in the second and early in the third before Monahan buried his second power-play goal of the night at 6:19 of the third period. Dubnyk never saw it, as Flames forward Troy Brouwer provided a perfect skating screen to obstruct the goaltender's view.

"Our PK has been good all year," Dubnyk said. "We need to get back to killing penalties the way we have been and not like we did tonight."

Video: MIN@CGY: Dubnyk stops a long shot through traffic

Calgary piled on a few minutes later on a shot from the point by defenseman Deryk Engelland that got through five bodies on its way to the net.

With 6:13 to play, Micheal Ferland finished off a 2-on-1 rush with a snap shot that beat Dubnyk far side. 

"We put ourselves in a position to come back in the third period and that's certainly not how we've been playing third periods when it's a one-goal hockey game," Dubnyk said. That's certainly not going to get it done.

Video: MIN@CGY: Dubnyk turns away Bennett's wrister

"It's a long season. You knew there was going to be one or two of these along the road and as long as we understand why it was 5-1, which I'm sure that we all do, we'll be ready to go on Saturday."

Loose Pucks

• Parise led the Wild with five shots on goal and had a goal disallowed midway through the second period.

Eric Staal went 8-0 in the faceoff circle. As a team, Minnesota went 37-25, winning 60 percent of its draws. 

• Elliott made 28 saves for the Flames.

• Calgary swept the season series against Minnesota, as the Wild posted a 0-2-1 record in three games.

He Said It

"[A] Little sloppy, for whatever reason. I think they played pretty well too. They did a good job of getting the puck up top and getting shots and crashing the net and getting guys in front of [Dubnyk]. We didn't play that way." -- Wild forward Zach Parise

They Said It

"That's a good team, and we knew that. But we know we're a good team, too. It's that belief in our game plan and just playing that full game, 60 minutes, that we have to keep buying into. Because that's what the guys did tonight." -- Flames goaltender Brian Elliott

Dan's Three Stars

* Sean Monahan

** Brian Elliott

*** Jason Zucker


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