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Ny's third effort

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

Third time really is the charm.

Twice, the Calgary Flames figured they had broken a second-period deadlock in last night's 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild only to see their goals waived off.

Proving it's best to try Ny again, Eric Nystrom scored the clutch go-ahead goal before the end of the middle frame to make the difference in a win that snapped the club's losing skid at two games.

With the crowd and the Flames about to explode because of disallowed goals called by referee Eric Furlatt, Nystrom skated off with Jarome Iginla on a two-on-one. Iginla may be the two-time 50-goal man, but he opted for the pass, and Nystrom buried it with a perfectly placed one-timer.

"Man, that was a nice pass," said Nystrom, who netted his third game-winning goal. "I saw the whole play develop. I was just hoping Iggy would get it. They maybe had a bad line change, and they didn't want to get caught with too many men. I just tried to corral it and made sure I got it upstairs."

Nystrom's goal ended a crazy sequence during a Flames powerplay.

First, Curtis Glencross was ruled to have had his foot in the crease, which disallowed what would have been Olli Jokinen's first goal for the Flames on home ice.

Then, Glencross was ruled to have deflected the point-shot with a high stick, which video review couldn't overturn.

Glencross did his best to bite his tongue.

"Give me a break," he said. "Two tough ones. We had to take the good things from it. At least we responded, and Iggy made a nice pass and Ny made a nice shot. We took the lead, so there was a positive that came from it."

In the end, the Flames received what they deserved before the Saddledome sellout crowd of 19,289 fans -- they outshot the Wild by a 40-15 margin -- but it sure came with adversity.

"They were focused tonight, and they were focused throughout the game," said Flames head coach Mike Keenan. "It didn't affect them. They came right back and scored another goal.

"We just stayed with our game and played consistently throughout the game."

Having been blanked in back-to-back road losses, the Flames snapped their goal drought at 133 minutes and 51 seconds when Jamie Lundmark tied the game late in the first period.

Daymond Langkow also scored for the Flames, his 20th of the season, to cap off a first period in which the hosts enjoyed a 20-5 edge in shots.

"The word is desperate," Nystrom said. "We needed those two points and we weren't going to let anything get us down. If they took the lead or they scored the first two, we were going to battle back. Driving the net was our game plan, and that's what worked for us, and that's why we got the two points."

The disallowed goals did nothing for the Flames powerplay in terms of percentage. The club has now failed to score in its last 16 chances, although Keenan took solace in a pair of goals that could have counted within seconds of each other.

"Stats show up without a powerplay goal, but we gained some momentum. We worked ourselves through that situation," Keenan said.

Andrew Brunette and James Sheppard replied for the Wild (35-32-8), which now has a bigger hill to climb to jump back into a playoff position.

The good news for Minny is only having to face the Flames once more this season, later this week.

Calgary has won all five meetings this season, 10-of-11 overall and 15-of-16 on Saddledome ice.


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