SUN Hockey Pool

Flames Notes

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

Three stars

1. Dustin Boyd, Flames -- Took lots of extra ice time and scored his 10th goal.

2. Adrian Aucoin, Flames -- Went from goat to hero with his game-winning goal.

3. Owen Nolan, Wild -- The grizzled vet didn't score but has some bite to his game.

REPORT CARD

OVERALL: C+

OFFENCE: C

DEFENCE: C+

GOALTENDING: C+

POWERPLAY: D

PENALTY KILL: A

WHY FLAMES WON

Because they regrouped after going down a goal in the second period, and because they scored on their chance in overtime, while the Wild couldn't do the same.

GOAL OF THE GAME

It wasn't pretty, but D Adrian Aucoin's bank-shot game winner was the tonic his club needed against the suffocating Wild. With Vancouver also winning, the Flames needed a victory to stay eight points ahead.

SAVE OF THE GAME

Late in the first period and the Flames ahead 1-0, the Wild's Antti Miettinen was the opportunistic one who pounced on a loose puck in the slot and sent a backhand that was headed for the top corner. Miikka Kiprusoff reached out and made the trapper stop.

SCRATCHES

CALGARY -- C Daymond Langkow (hand), LW Andre Roy (head), C Wayne Primeau (foot), D Rhett Warrener (shoulder).

MINNESOTA -- RW Marian Gaborik (hip), RW Craig Weller (concussion), D Kurtis Foster (leg), LW Derek Boogaard.

UP NEXT

Tomorrow: Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers, 8 p.m., CBC, FAN 960.


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