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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary Flames broke their shootout shutout.
The Calgary goalie turned aside all three shooters he faced, including a game-ending stop of Pierre-Marc Bouchard, to give the Flames a 2-1 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night and their first shootout win of the season.
Jarome Iginla scored the only goal in the shootout for Calgary, which moved one point ahead of Minnesota and into a tie with Vancouver for first place in the Northwest Division.
After Alex Tanguay and Tony Amonte were stopped by Minnesota's Josh Harding and Pavol Demitra and Mikko Koivu were denied by Kiprusoff, Iginla put the Flames in control with just his second shootout goal in 11 career attempts.
"I just went in slowly and tried to shoot it as hard as I could at that point to the glove side," Iginla said. "Fortunately I was due to see one go in. It's been a while and a tough streak."
Harding said he was not sure what to expect from the Flames captain and leading scorer.
"He had me thinking. I didn't know what he was going to do," Harding said. "He's probably one of the most talented guys in the league. For him to score in the shootout softens the blow a little bit."
Kiprusoff then clinched it by acrobatically jabbing out his left pad to deny Bouchard after the Minnesota forward darted in then did a spin move.
"I remember he did it earlier," Kiprusoff said. "He almost had me but I just tried to kick out my pad."
Bouchard gave full credit to the Flames' goaltender.
"When I turned around, he brought his pad back pretty quick," Bouchard said. "It was a great save."
As futile as Iginla had been in shootouts, Kiprusoff had fared equally poorly with an 0-4 record this season and 1-11 career mark. He had stopped just two of nine shooters this season and just 13 of 32 shooters overall.
"It's been some tough times, been talked about a lot, but I think I'm going the right direction with it," said Kiprusoff.
Minnesota dropped to 10-5 in shootouts.
Robyn Regehr scored at 15:29 of the third period to tie the game for Calgary, which is an NHL-best 27-6-1 at home, including a 13-1-1 mark over their last 15 games at the Pengrwoth Saddledome.
Pavol Demitra scored his 19th of the season for Minnesota, which began a key three-game road trip against Northwest Division opponents.
"We played a good hockey team tonight," Minnesota forward Brian Rolston said. "It was a playoff-style hockey game and it's something we'll need to get used to in the last 18 games that we have. They're going to be a lot of one-goal games."
Regehr's second goal of the season sent the sell-out crowd of 19,289 to its feet. Kristian Huselius cut across the Wild blue-line then slipped the puck back to Regehr, who blasted a slap shot into the top corner past Harding.
The Wild opened the scoring on a two-man advantage early in the third period. Demitra fired a puck toward Marian Gaborik in front of the Calgary net, but the puck deflected off Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf and past Kiprusoff.
Kiprusoff finished with 28 saves.
Harding and Niklas Backstrom combined for 26 saves although Harding did the majority of the work with 21 stops.
Backstrom made his 12th start in a row with Manny Fernandez still sidelined with a sprained knee, but the first-year Swede lasted just 20 minutes. Backstrom was replaced by Harding to start the second period leaving with a lower body injury.
"Hopefully Nik and Manny aren't out that long, but when they're hurt, that's the backup goalie's job just to try and step in there," said Harding.
Notes: Calgary D Brad Stuart had an assist for his first point in nine games since coming over from Boston. Since joining the Flames, Stuart is a plus-5 to improve his total for the season to minus-17... Neither team's trade deadline acquisition played. D David Hale, acquired by the Flames from New Jersey, was not scheduled to arrive in Calgary until late Wednesday night. Former New York Rangers RW Dominic Moore was a scratch for the Wild ... Calgary and Minnesota meet three more times over their final 18 games, including consecutive games in Minnesota on March 27 and 29... Since losing 11 in a row on the road, the Wild have gone 9-3-0 away from the Xcel Energy Center.
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