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Flames 3, Wild 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

Associated Press

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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff got Calgary's homestand off to a splendid start.

Iginla scored twice and Kiprusoff stopped 23 shots for his second shutout of the season, leading the Flames to a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

With Calgary ahead 1-0 after two periods, Iginla increased the lead at 4:48 of the third when he tipped rookie defenseman Dion Phaneuf's wrist shot from the blue line out of the air and into the net. He sealed the victory with his seventh goal of the season, an empty-netter with 23 seconds remaining.

After a slow start, Iginla has goals in four consecutive games and points in seven straight (five goals, three assists).

"Winning at home and scoring, it always feels good," he said, "especially with the importance of this game."

Phaneuf also scored for Calgary (5-7-2), which opened a four-game homestand and a stretch of 10 home games in its next 12. The Flames lost four of their previous five.

"We knew it was a big game. Minnesota's one of the hardest-working teams in the league and we had to come out with a big start to the homestand," Phaneuf said.

Minnesota (6-5-2) began a four-game road trip with its fourth loss in five games (1-3-1).

"It was a frustrating one for us," goalie Manny Fernandez said. "They got a goal in the first and we had a couple good shots after that but we needed a goal to refuel our tanks and it just never came."

Tested only a dozen times over the opening 40 minutes of his ninth career shutout, Kiprusoff was much busier in the third period. He made 11 saves as three straight Calgary minors helped the Wild generate several scoring chances.

"We were able to come back in the third and get some pressure on the power play, but overall we didn't create as much as we would have liked against Kiprusoff," Todd White said. "We need to do a better job of getting more traffic in front of him and making it more difficult for him."

Phaneuf opened the scoring with 40 seconds left in the first period on a power-play. Roman Hamrlik's pass back to the blue line was gathered in by Phaneuf who quickly directed a harmless looking low shot toward the net that ended up eluding Fernandez.

That gave Calgary a lead after the first period for just the third time in 14 games, and a visibly frustrated Fernandez broke his stick across the goal post.

"I knew it was going to be a tight 0-0 or 1-0 game and I didn't want to make that one mistake and I felt I should have had that one and I didn't," he said.

The goal also marked the seventh straight game with a power-play score for the Flames, who are 9-for-47 with the man advantage during that stretch - a significant improvement over their feeble 3-for-45 mark through the first seven games.

"Dion and Hammer and all our defensemen have really started quarterbacking the power play and they're controlling the puck and we're getting good results because of their confidence," Iginla said.

The sellout crowd of 19,289 was at its loudest with 6 minutes left after a rousing fight between the normally non-combative Tony Amonte and rugged Minnesota defenseman Nick Schultz.

"You're thinking about nothing other than swing harder, swing faster, and hopefully you don't get hit," Amonte said.

Notes: While Calgary got RW Darren McCarty back after missing four games with a sore neck, LW Chris Simon missed his second game due to a rib injury. ... Minnesota D Filip Kuba has taken over from D Alex Henry as captain for November in the Wild's ongoing rotating captaincy. ... Calgary's Jordan Leopold, who led Flames defensemen in scoring with 33 points in 2003-04, has been held without a point through the first 14 games. ... Calgary has yet to score more than three goals in a game.

scoring summary
1st Period
19:20
CGY
PPG - Dion Phaneuf (3) ASST: Roman Hamrlik (8), Stephane Yelle (4)
1 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:48
CGY
Jarome Iginla (6) ASST: Dion Phaneuf (4), Daymond Langkow (6)
2 - 0 CGY
19:37
CGY
EN - Jarome Iginla (7) ASST: Daymond Langkow (7)
3 - 0 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
03:49
CGY
Steve Montador  Tripping against  Alexandre Daigle
12:16
MIN
Scott Ferguson  Tripping against  Darren McCarty
18:37
MIN
Pascal Dupuis  Hooking against  Shean Donovan
2nd Period
01:52
CGY
Jason Wiemer  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Ferguson
01:52
MIN
Scott Ferguson  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Wiemer
10:50
MIN
Derek Boogaard  Elbowing against  Dion Phaneuf
14:25
CGY
Steve Montador  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Wanvig
14:25
MIN
Kyle Wanvig  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Montador
3rd Period
01:47
CGY
Jason Wiemer  Kneeing against  Pascal Dupuis
05:39
CGY
Jordan Leopold  Holding against  Kyle Wanvig
09:47
CGY
Andrew Ference  Holding against  Kyle Wanvig
13:56
CGY
Tony Amonte  Instigator against  Nick Schultz
13:56
CGY
Tony Amonte  Fighting (maj) against  Nick Schultz
13:56
CGY
Tony Amonte  Misconduct (10 min) against  Nick Schultz
13:56
MIN
Nick Schultz  Boarding against  Tony Amonte
13:56
MIN
Nick Schultz  Fighting (maj) against  Tony Amonte
goalie stats
Emmanuel Fernandez
SA: 23TOI: 59:29
Saves: 21EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .913SH: 1 - 1
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
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