SUN Hockey Pool

Game Over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

NEXT GAME: TOMORROW AT ST. LOUIS, 6 P.M., TV: BELL EXPRESS-VU CH. 429, FAN 960

SUN THREE STARS:

1. Brian Rolston, Wild

2. Mikka Kiprusoff, Flames

3. Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Wild

TURING POINT:

Brian Rolston's shorthanded goal in the final minute of the second period was a killer for the Flames.

BIG SAVE:

Flames G Miikka Kiprusoff made a nice kick save on Pierre-Marc Bouchard in the first period but his best effort came in the opening minute of the second. Randy Robitaille's rebound came out to Mikko Koivu in the slot but Kiprusoff lunged over with his glove to slap it away. That rebound went to Calgarian Kyle Wanvig but Kiprusoff was already up and square to suck the next shot into his body.

HARD HIT:

Flames RW Shean Donovan was harassed by Wild defenceman on a couple of occasions in the first period as he tried to work his way into their zone. First, he took a forearm shiver from Kurtis Foster at the blueline in front of the Wild bench. Then, Donovan was rubbed out hard on the other side by Martin Skoula as the speedy Flames forward tried to bump the puck up the boards and race by.

UNSUNG HERO:

Wild RW Kyle Wanvig was a pest and a physical presence for the Wild, at one time smashing Flames d-man Robyn Regehr into the boards from behind.

FIGHT CARD:

None.

SCRATCHES:

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

MINNESOTA -- F Mattias Weinhandl and D Alex Henry. D Daniel Tjarnqvist (foot) is day-to-day after blocking a Jarome Iginla shot Sunday. C Todd White (leg) is out for the season after being hit by a Kurtis Foster point shot Sunday night.

BURNING QUESTION:

If the Flames had a better first period, would the outcome have been any different?

WHAT IT MEANS:

Calgary once again drops to sub-.500 on the road this season and falls to 1-2-1 on their current seven-game trek.

NOTEWORTHY:

The Wild will play their another team at the top of their division tonight when they face off against Pacific leader Dallas on the road ... Erik Westrum, a former University of Minnesota star who grew up in the state, played his first regular-season game of the year for the Wild and jumped right into the No. 1 centre role between Brian Rolston and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. Westrum became the fourth Minnesota native to play for the Wild and first since Darby Hendrickson in 2003 ... Flames C Byron Ritchie suited up for a second straight game for the first time since Jan. 2.


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