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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Wild

Sunday, 24.02.2013 / 1:42 AM / News
By Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)
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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Wild

GAME STORY

CALGARY, AB -- Matt Stajan provided the ‘Dome cookin’.

Stajan broke a tie midway through the third period and added an empty netter as the Calgary Flames beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night.

Stajan wrestled a Chris Butler rebound behind Wild starter Niklas Backstrom and across the goal line at 7:19 to give the Flames a one-goal lead. He added another into an empty net with nine seconds left in the game to snap back-to-back losses on home ice.

Alex Tanguay opened the scoring just 1:40 into the game.

Sprung in alone on Backstrom by Jay Bouwmeester, Tanguay deked the Minnesota goaltender and put the puck in the net for his fifth of the season and first in eight games.

Charlie Coyle responded with his first career goal at 8:56. Breaking in on a two-on-one, Coyle redirected Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s past behind Joey MacDonald to tie the game.

Both teams tightened up in the second frame, before Stajan broke through with his pair in the third period.

GOAL OF THE GAME

Sprung in alone by Bouwmeester, Tanguay threw a deke on Backstrom, out-waiting the Wild netminder before throwing the puck up into the net to make it 1-0 just 1:40 into the game.

SAVE OF THE GAME

With 31.3 seconds remaining in the game and the Flames clinging to a 2-1 lead, MacDonald denied Calgary product Dany Heatley on the doorstep, his 30th save on the night.

HIT OF THE GAME

Looking to inject some life into Scotiabank Saddledome, Akim Aliu put Clayton Stoner in his crosshairs and delivers a huge hit along the end boards in Minnesota’s zone midway through the second period.

TURNING POINT

Stajan’s goal just over seven minutes into the third period gave the Flames an edge they wouldn’t relinquish to the Wild.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

“I saw a good effort and I saw lots of fans go home happy, and that's always a good sign. It was a tight-checking game, there was not many chances on both side and I felt that it would be a grind, and it was. And I'm so happy for Matt Stajan. What a great reward for him. He played very well. He's probably been one of our most consistent players since the start of the year and to get rewarded with two goals, big faceoffs ... very good game.”

-Bob Hartley

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Stajan’s two goals against the Wild marks the first time since finding the back of the net for a pair against the Washington Capitals on December 12th, 2009 as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs

LINEUP NOTES

Anton Babchuk, Roman Cervenka and Derek Smith were healthy scratches for the Flames. Miikka Kiprusoff, Mikael Backlund and Paul Byron remain sidelined due to injury.

COMING UP

The Flames don’t get much of a break away from Scotiabank Saddledome, returning to the ice Sunday to host the Phoenix Coyotes (6 p.m. MT, SNET-W).