Game Over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

THREE STARS

1. Jarome Iginla, FLAMES

2. Kristian Huselius, FLAMES

3. Wes Walz, WILD

TURNING POINT:

Kristian Huselius' quick shot with five minutes to play snuck through Manny Fernandez' five-hole, then Calgary killed a late penalty to make it stand as the winner.

BIG SAVE:

While shorthanded early in the second period, Randy Robitaille's hard shot squeezed through Miikka Kiprusoff's pads but the Flames netminder dove back and slapped it away with his paddle just before a Wild forward could poke the puck in.

HARD HIT:

Chuck Kobasew was the victim of a hard hit behind the Minnesota net about six minutes into the second, courtesy of Wild defenceman Martin Skoula. The sound of rattling boards was only drowned out by the crowd voicing its approval.

UNSUNG HERO:

Miikka Kiprusoff had a quiet first period but faced a lot of rubber -- 32 shots -- over the final 40 minutes.

FIGHT CARD:

None.

SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- D Bryan Marchment, F Jamie Lundmark, D Rhett Warrener (knee) and F Mike Leclerc (wrist).

MINNESOTA -- F Mattias Weinhandl, D Alex Henry and D Nick Schultz.

BURNING QUESTION:

With a day off between contests before playing the Wild again tomorrow -- the Flames' fourth game in six nights -- can Calgary pick up another win in the Xcel Energy Center?

WHAT IT MEANS:

The Flames earn another crucial two points to stay ahead of Colorado in the standings and claw back to .500 on the road this season.

NOTEWORTHY:

Calgarian Wes Walz was named the Wild's final captain of the season this week, taking over for Brian Rolston. Only sniper Marian Gaborik has yet to be named team leader since coach Jacques Lemaire instituted the rotating captaincy ... Flames prospect Kris Chucko played in front of 16,000 fans at the Xcel Energy Center Saturday night as his University of Minnesota Gophers -- seeded No. 1 heading into the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's Final Five tournament -- lost the third-place game to No. 2 Wisconsin after both were upset in the semifinals ... With four powerplay goals Saturday, the Flames climbed into the top 10 in the league with an 18.3% rating ... Wild star Gaborik, who will be a restricted free agent this summer and potentially unrestricted in another year, is on pace for 39 goals despite missing 17 games because of injury. Over 82 games, that would amount to 49.


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