Wild Fall To Dallas, 4-3 (OT), For Fifth Straight Loss

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Wild Fall To Stars In Overtime, 4-3

(Sports Network) – Stephane Robidas scored with 1:23 left in overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines Center.

Skating on the power play after a tripping call to Brent Burns, Mike Ribeiro sent a pass from the right circle to the high slot for Robidas, who didn’t get everything on the one-timer but got enough to get it past Jose Theodore for the win.

Steve Ott had a goal and an assist while Karlis Skrastins and Adam Burish also scored in regulation for the Stars, who have won six straight. Kari Lehtonen stopped 28 shots in the win.

Martin Havlat tied the game late in the third while Antti Miettinen and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Wild, who have dropped their last five games. Theodore finished the game with 29 saves.

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Wild Burned By Flames Again In Shootout Loss

(Sports Network) – Rene Bourque scored the game-winner on the final attempt of the third round of the shootout to lift Calgary to a 3-2 win over Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center.

After Patrick O’Sullivan went top shelf short side to beat Henrik Karlsson to keep the Wild alive, Bourque wristed a shot between the pads of Niklas Backstrom to win the game.

Mark Giordano and Alex Tanguay potted goals in regulation for the Flames, who beat the Wild for a second time in five days.

“We had a bad stretch there for a while and we haven’t been able to put two wins together,” said Calgary captain Jarome Iginla. “We needed this one and we need to start stringing three or four wins together to get back in the hunt.”

Karlsson stopped 20 shots to earn the second win of his young career.

Martin Havlat had a goal and an assist for the Wild, who have dropped four in a row and six out of their last seven. Backstrom took the loss after turning away 30 shots.

“We played a much better overall game than we did last time we faced them,” Havlat said. “We got one point tonight and that’s important.”

Matt Stajan fed from behind the net in front to Tanguay, who one-timed a wrister past Backstrom to put the Flames in front 2-1 just over 4 1/2 minutes into the third period.

However, the Wild got the game tied eight minutes later when Havlat took a pass along the left side, skated past defenseman Giordano and then went forehand to backhander to beat a sprawled Karlsson.

Backstrom stopped Tanguay on a breakaway with just over three minutes left in overtime and made five saves in the five-minute period.

Mikko Koivu fired a backhand wide on the first shootout attempt before Tanguay beat Backstrom with a wrister to the far side.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Niklas Hagman then went scoreless in the second round of the shootout.

Following a scoreless first period, each team tallied in the middle stanza.

Bouchard chipped a rebound on the backhand to score his first goal since March 10, 2009 vs. San Jose to give the Wild the lead at 12:43.

Backstrom made a pad save on Hagman but Giordano was left alone at the right side of the net and stuffed home the equalizer at 19:27.

Game Notes

The Flames had lost seven of the previous nine meetings before Friday. Tanguay has 13 goals and 41 points in 47 career games against Minnesota…Iginla picked up an assist and has 57 career points, the most of any player ever against the Wild…Calgary defenseman Jay Bouwmeester played in his 450th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the league. Havlat has scored five goals and 16 points in his last 11 games…He has 13 goals and 23 points in 23 career games against the Flames…Backstrom is 9-8-4 in his career versus Calgary…The Wild were 0-for-4 on the power play and have cashed in just one of their last 26 man-advantage opportunities.

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Wild Look To Get Back To Winning Against Calgary

(Sports Network) – The Minnesota Wild will try to get themselves back on the right track tonight, when they welcome the Calgary Flames for a Northwest Division battle at Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild won six out of eight games to begin the month of November, but they have lost five out of six since then and enter tonight on a three-game losing streak.

Minnesota and the Flames split two meetings this year with each team winning a game on home ice. Calgary earned a 3-0 triumph over the Wild this past Monday at the Saddledome. Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves to record his third shutout of the season and Jay Bouwmeester and Jarome Iginla scored 18 seconds apart in the second period for the Flames.

The Wild had a three-game series’ winning streak snapped in Monday’s game, but they still have seven victories in the last nine meetings between the clubs. Calgary has lost two straight and four of its last five tests in St. Paul.

Minnesota has been outscored 14-6 during its current three-game slide and was dealt a 4-2 setback by the visiting Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday. The Wild fell behind 1-0 late in the first period and Phoenix held a lead the rest of the way.

Matt Cullen and Mikko Koivu scored third-period goals for Minnesota.

“We did a lot of good things,” Cullen said. “Obviously, we need to find ways to win these games.”

Jose Theodore stopped 32 shots in defeat, dropping him to 3-4-0 on the season. It was the second straight start for Theodore since Niklas Backstrom yielded seven goals last Saturday against Colorado. Backstrom, who is 9-7-4 in his career against Calgary, could get the start tonight for the Wild.

The Wild have lost three of their last four home games and are 7-6-1 in St. Paul this season. Following tonight’s test, Minnesota will head out on a four- game road trip, beginning with tomorrow evening’s test in Dallas.

The Flames, who are two points behind Minnesota for third place in the Northwest, had won two of three games before getting slammed, 7-2, by Vancouver on Wednesday. It was the fifth loss in seven games (2-3-2) for Calgary.

Mason Raymond recorded his second career hat trick and added an assist to lead the visiting Canucks to the blowout victory at the Saddledome. Calgary trailed 3-2 after two periods, but Raymond scored twice during a four-goal outburst for Vancouver in the third.

“What stings the most is the way we handled our third period,” said Calgary head coach Brent Sutter.

Alex Tanguay and Tim Jackman scored for Calgary, while Miikka Kiprusoff surrendered all seven goals on 36 shots.

The Flames are playing the first of two straight on the road tonight and Calgary will be the guest in four of its next five contests. Sutter’s club has lost six of its last seven away from the Saddledome and is just 4-7-2 as the visiting club this year.

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Wild Travel North To Battle Calgary Flames

(Sports Network) – Back home after a tough road trip, the Calgary Flames will host the Minnesota Wild tonight in a Northwest Division battle at the Saddledome.

The Flames made stops in Detroit, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on a five-game road trip and recorded a 1-2-2 mark during the swing. The lone victory came Friday afternoon in Philadelphia, as Calgary notched a 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers.

Roughly 24 hours after the win in Philly, however, the Flames were dealt a convincing loss on the other side of Pennsylvania as Sidney Crosby netted the sixth hat trick of his career to lead the Penguins to a 4-1 victory at CONSOL Energy Center.

Rene Bourque scored the lone goal for Calgary, while Miikka Kiprusoff allowed three goals on 42 shots for the Flames, who have lost seven of their last nine games.

The Flames are playing their first game in Calgary since they ended a four- game home losing streak with a 7-2 victory over Chicago on Nov. 19. Calgary is 5-5-0 at the Saddledome this season.

The Wild have not fared well since winning three straight from Nov. 14-19, losing three of their last four games. The lone victory of that stretch came Friday night against visiting Nashville, but Minnesota gave up seven goals in a road loss to Colorado the next night.

The Avalanche recorded a 7-4 triumph over the Wild on Saturday, scoring four times in the second period alone to take the contest at the Pepsi Center.

Kyle Brodziak led the way with two goals for the Wild. Matt Cullen and Antti Miettinen each scored a goal in the loss, while Niklas Backstrom stopped 31 of 38 shots.

“We sure weren’t great tonight,” Brodziak said. “The second period we were just not ready for their team speed and we just did not counter.”

The Wild are 4-4-1 on the road this season, but will get a chance to host Calgary this Friday in St. Paul.

Minnesota beat the Flames, 2-1, at Xcel Energy Center back on Nov. 5 and has won three straight and seven of eight overall in the series. The Wild have also won three in a row in Calgary.

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