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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Wild

Five key elements from the Flames clash with their divisional rival, the Wild

Tuesday, 20.12.2011 / 7:57 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Wild





BACK & FORTH EXCHANGE

The Flames - who have spoken at great lengths about the need for an energetic start - came out flying against the Wild and ended up opening the scoring before the three-minute mark.

Curtis Glencross potted his 11th goal of the year at 2:47, slipping a beauty of a backhand past Josh Harding.

However, Minnesota came back with a goal of their own just under five minutes later when Pierre-Marc Bouchard was able to bury a Jared Spurgeon rebound, beating Miikka Kiprusoff for the first time in his career.

SCRAPPIN' & YAPPIN'

Wingers Tim Jackman and Tom Kostopoulos dropped the gloves on Tuesday night and played an extremely chippy, gritty game.

Jackman, who traded blows with Brad Staubitz, didn't fare as well as Kostopoulos in his tilt with Clayton Stoner. Jackman took a hard shot from Staubitz, splitting his face open, but Kostopoulos sent Stoner hard to to ice after a particularly potent punch.

Late in the game, Mikael Backlund and Matt Cullen exchanged words and a few shoves but the Minnesota forward refused to duke it out with the Flames pivot despite more than a few requests from Backlund.

IGGY IGGY IGGY!

The captain was on fire, potting his 497th career goal, assisting on Glencross' early tally and generating several quality scoring opportunitiest throughout the evening.

He led all players in shots on goal with eight, landed two hits and earned a plus-one rating in his 19:27 of ice time.

PICKING UP THE PACE IN THE FACEOFF CIRCLE

The Flames have had trouble winning draws this season but they held the edge against the Wild. They won 59 percent of their faceoffs and no player dipped below the 55 percent mark. Iginla did particularly well, winning all five of his draws.

LOSING SKID SNAPPED

While the Wild's losing streak climbed to five straight games, the Flames halted their four-game slide on Tuesday night.

Calgary dropped all four of their games on their road swing last week, being outscored 14-9 in the process.