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Flames Game Review

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

MINNESOTA WILD (21-20-3) 4

CALGARY FLAMES (25-13-5) 1

REPORT CARD

OVERALL: C-

OFFENCE: C-

DEFENCE: D

GOALTENDING: B-

POWERPLAY: F

PENALTY KILL: C

WHY FLAMES LOST

The only player to show up was goalie Miikka Kiprusoff. The defence was porous, the offence stale, and the Flames' play undisciplined early.

WHAT IT MEANS

The end of a five-game winning streak for the Flames, and the end of a four-game slide by the Wild.

SAVE OF THE GAME

Making one for the highlight reels while sitting on his butt and scrambling to cover an empty side of the net, Miikka Kiprusoff robbed Guillaume Latendresse with his glove to keep the gap at two goals late in the second period.

GOAL OF THE GAME

Eric Belanger roofed a backhanded beauty over Miikka Kiprusoff's glove to give the Wild a 3-1 lead in the second period.

SCRATCHES

CALGARY -- D Staffan Kronwall, D Aaron Johnson, RW Brian McGrattan, C Craig Conroy (lower-body).

MINNESOTA -- D Clayton Stoner, RW Petr Sykora, C James Sheppard, RW Chuck Kobasew (knee), D Brent Burns (concussion), C Pierre-Marc Bouchard (concussion).

THREE STARS

AS CHOSEN BY STEVE MACFARLANE

ERIC BELANGER, WILD

Two goals for the centre, who was constantly a threat to score.

CAL CLUTTERBUCK, WILD

Got under Flames' skin, and behind the defence on occasion.

NICK SCHULTZ, WILD

Two assists from the defender, who was a strong presence in his own end.

UP NEXT

Tomorrow: Columbus Blue Jackets at Calgary Flames, 7 p.m., Sportsnet, FAN 960.


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