Calgary continued their brief road-trip playing their second game in as many night versus their division rivals the Minnesota Wild. The same lineup road into St. Paul ready to play but started off with sluggish feet. We all know Minnesota is a terribly boring team that plays the endless trap game in and game out. They’ve had huge trouble scoring and tonight was no different. It took a Derek Boogaard destruction of Rene Bourque to wake the teams up (legal hit, probably interference).
Bourque was OK and on his next shift ran over Nick Schultz then dropped the gloves and threw some punches. Other than some stupid penalties from Giordano and Nystrom that was the end of the first. Andre Roy, fresh off his weak performance last night versus St. Louis tough guy Cam Janssen, stood up to Boogaard two minutes in and did well to answer for Bourque.
The second line got the scoring going twelve minutes in when Langkow scored off a skate (Lundmark with his second assist in as many games,) although the team thought Bertuzzi had broke his goal scoring drought. Minnesota responded on the same shift crashing the net hard and finding a loose puck. Craig Conroy, who I still believe belongs on a third line but what you gonna do, managed to put the Flames back on top late in the second jumping on a loose puck in the slot.
Third period play by play unavailable cause I fell asleep….Minnesota is boring, so is Calgary a bit. Minnesota did in fact tie the game with five minutes to spare after some shotty defensive play. Minnesota would get their wish, another OT, and even in OT, they’d play for a shoot-out. Minnesota did get a chance late in the OT period on a 2v1 but Kipper came up big.
A minute left and a series of awesome connections came together. An outstretched Daymond Langkow dove to tip a puck to Todd Bertuzzi who was breaking in alone. Bertuzzi, just out of reach of two Minnesota defenders broke in alone, while being tripped he managed to backhand a top shelf shot simultaneously throwing himself into the back of the net–puck went in first. Bertuzzi with his first goal, a huge one, in 20 games. Another two points for the Flames.