The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Wild
The Flames lineup on Saturday night featured three new faces as Lance Bouma, Blair Jones and Clay Wilson all suited for their first game with the Flames this season.
The Wild, who started the game by outshooting the Flames 6-1, looked particularly helpless in the final five minutes of the first stanza as the hosts set up shop in the offensive zone and went to work with a relentless cycle.
By the end of the frame, the Flames had outshot the Wild 13-9 and drew a penalty with 30 seconds remaining in the period.
A key contributor was winger Lee Stempniak. He put in a 2:10 shift which was spent primarily in the Minnesota zone and led the team in shots after twenty minutes with three.
Miikka Kiprusoff added another save to his 2011-12 highlight reel in the second period.
He made a pad save and managed to keep the rebound away from Cal Clutterbuck, who was parked right in front of him and whacking away at the loose puck.
The youngster was able to cash in on a Stempniak rebound at 2:02 of the third period and open the scoring with his first NHL marker.
Prior to Saturday's tilt, Bouma had one assist in 16 games played with the Flames last season.
Flames captain Jarome Iginla notched his 500th goal at 8:33 of the third period when his centering attempt hit Mikko Koivu's skate and into the back of the net. The winger was joined on the ice by his entire team as he skated back to the bench to celebrate and the boistrous crowd at the Saddledome let loose with "Iggy! Iggy!" chants for the rest of the game.