Coming off a solid (although not 100% convincing) win against Detroit at home, Calgary had a chance to push closer to number 1 in the NW division. Coming into a usually hostile Minnesota building it was the visitors that came out flying. Calgary limited the shots for the Wild to 8 in the opening frame and also managed a special teams goal. Jarome Iginla made a sweat pass to Langkow across the crease to put the Flames up 1.
An early game for local fans, 12PM start time, I suggest 100% convincing wins have yet to hit the fort since Calgary still has trouble staying out of the penalty box and limiting shots on goal. They were lucky to surrender only one PP goal; without Kiprusoff backing the Flames it could have been much different.
A bit of luck too always helps. Minnesota did score in the second but the goal was waved off because it was believed the Wild player batted the puck in the net (which he didn’t). Not long after the Flames went up 2-0 and held on for the eventual win.
Notes: Alex Tanguay left the game in the first with what the team is calling a ‘stinger’. Godard and Smith played one shift for the entire game.