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'Ugly' win looks fine to Flames

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:28 PM ET

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The skid is over.

The finger can be lifted off the panic button.

The phone-in show callers can chill.

The smiles can return to the Stampede City.

That's right -- the Calgary Flames are back in the win column after three straight losses.

The Flames didn't care last night's 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild came in a tilt no person alive would use to promote the NHL as the most exciting game on Earth.

Wild defenceman Nick Schultz, doubled-teamed behind his net, coughed up the puck. Iginla grabbed it, worked his way to the front of the cage and lifted a shot over Manny Fernandez's shoulder for his 19th goal of the season.

Before the midway point of the final frame, Kristian Huselius added an insurance tally.

Driving to the net while Daymond Langkow corralled the puck in the circle, Huselius made a nifty deflection on the cross pass, popping the biscuit into the top shelf.

"In both the Long Island and the Ranger game, Kristian and Jarome had great opportunities to either tie or win those games and they missed them," Sutter said.

"Tonight they both scored. It's the difference in the game."

Langkow potted Calgary's first goal and Tony Amonte the last, into an empty net.

Iginla was heartened by the Flames' play late in the game.

"The third period was probably the best we've played in a long time," he said.

Minnesota's Kurtis Foster opened the scoring with a powerplay goal but the Wild couldn't score on six ensuing man-advantage situations. Warrener said that was key.

"It was frustrating to give up that first (powerplay goal) but guys buckled down," he said.

"We've really been talking about a full 60 (minutes) and I still don't think that was our best game but I think the effort was there."

Calgary has beaten the Wild four straight times, outscoring Minnesota 10-0 in the third period.

Said Sutter: "If you can get 10 points out of every team in your division, then you have a chance to make the playoffs."

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CALGARY FLAMES: 4

MINNESOTA WILD: 1


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