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Wild 3, Flames 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

Associated Press

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Wild 3, Flames 2, SO
Calgary Flames 2, Minnesota Wild 3
Three Stars of the Game
Devin Setoguchi
1st
Devin Setoguchi
RW
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:26
Darroll Powe
2nd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:26
Dany Heatley
3rd
Dany Heatley
LW
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 22:16

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Not even a two-goal lead against a team short a couple of defenseman was enough for the Calgary Flames to turn things around.

Devin Setoguchi scored in the fourth round of a shootout in the Minnesota Wild's 3-2 comeback victory over the Flames on Thursday night.

"It's just frustrating," Calgary's Blake Comeau said. "All around it feels like a big letdown and we got to figure it out in the next 48 hours before we play Dallas because it's not going to be easy here on out."

Dany Heatley and Darroll Powe scored in regulation for the Wild. Josh Harding stopped 27 shots and all four Calgary shots in the shootout to hand the Flames their fourth straight loss

Lee Stempniak and Anton Babchuk scored for Calgary, which failed to gain ground in the race for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Powe tied it at 2 with 7:37 left in the third when his shot trickled over the goal line. Officials originally ruled no-goal, but changed the call after a replay review.

Minnesota managed to rally despite playing most of the game without defensemen Jared Spurgeon and Marco Scandella. Spurgeon left in the first after getting elbowed in the head, and Scandella left in the second after blocking a shot with his hand.

Forward Matt Cullen filled in on the blue line.

"I told the defensemen that it wasn't that hard," Cullen said, grinning. "By no means am I a smooth backwards skater. But what else are you going to do? We know how to play hockey, so we did what we had to do."

Setoguchi beat Miikka Kipprusoff with a wrist shot on the stick side, and Harding stopped Comeau to seal the victory.

The Flames took a 2-0 lead early in the second period when Babchuk scored unassisted with the Flames on a 5-on-3 power play. It was Babchuk's first goal since March 9, 2011, against Dallas.

Because one of the Minnesota penalties was a high-sticking double-minor, the Flames had a 5-on-3 advantage for another minute, but failed to score again and break the game open.

Then the Wild woke up.

Getting outshot 21-4 with 16:08 left in the second, Minnesota started putting pressure on Kiprusoff.

Heatley finally broke through with a power-play goal midway through the second, his first goal in nine games and second in his last 17.

"We had chances to make it 3-0 and then we give them an opportunity on the power play," Flames winger Alex Tanguay said. "They score and got back in the game and we just sat back. What can you say?"

Wild coach Mike Yeo credited his fourth line for turning the game around.

"Those guys really set the tone for us," he said. "Getting in on the forecheck and creating some big hits really drew some momentum for us."

Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu returned from a shoulder injury after missing 15 games and centered the top line with Heatley and Setoguchi. Koivu has missed 27 games this season. The Wild are 23-16-7 with Koivu in the lineup and 8-16-3 when he's out.

In the race for one of the eight Western Conference playoff spots, Calgary is 11th in standings - a point behind San Jose and two points behind Dallas and Colorado.

"We don't feel we're out of it by any means but we know we stumbled a bit in these games," Calgary's Jarome Iginla said. "We respect all these teams, but you look at the standings and there's teams we feel that we didn't play our best games against."

Calgary has scored just five goals during its four-game skid. The losing streak comes after the Flames won a season-high five in a row.

It also was the first time the Flames lost this season when leading after two periods.

"You have to want to be in the playoffs and right now we're giving it away," Tanguay said.

Calgary is 5-15 in overtime and Minnesota is 9-10.

NOTES: Wild winger Matt Kassian missed the game with a groin injury. ... Calgary defenseman Jay Bouwmeester played his 581st straight game, putting him alone in sixth place on the NHL's ironman list. ... The NCAA champion University of Minnesota women's hockey team watched the game from a suite. ... St. Paul police SWAT team officer Joe Reginek was lowered upside down from the ceiling of the Xcel Energy Center for the ceremonial opening faceoff.

scoring summary
1st Period
18:54
CGY
PPG - Lee Stempniak (13) ASST: Chris Butler (12), Jay Bouwmeester (22)
1 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
01:38
CGY
PPG - Anton Babchuk (1) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 CGY
08:36
MIN
PPG - Dany Heatley (21) ASST: Devin Setoguchi (14), Matt Cullen (21)
2 - 1 CGY
3rd Period
12:23
MIN
Darroll Powe (5) ASST: Nick Johnson (17), Kyle Brodziak (21)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDMINCGYTOTAL
1E. Christensen
M. Stajan
0 - 0
2M. Cullen
L. Stempniak
0 - 0
3M. Koivu
B. Jones
0 - 0
4D. Setoguchi
B. Comeau
1 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
07:28
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Hooking against  Matt Stajan
07:57
CGY
Alex Tanguay  Elbowing against  Jared Spurgeon
10:57
MIN
Clayton Stoner  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:59
MIN
Steven Kampfer  Interference against  Blair Jones
2nd Period
00:25
MIN
Tom Gilbert  Hi stick - double minor against  Olli Jokinen
00:55
MIN
Nate Prosser  Closing hand on puck
08:15
CGY
Curtis Glencross  Slashing against  Marco Scandella
12:38
CGY
Jay Bouwmeester  Interference against  Jed Ortmeyer
14:13
CGY
Blake Comeau  Hi-sticking against  Cal Clutterbuck
3rd Period
06:32
CGY
Chris Butler  Hi-sticking against  Jed Ortmeyer
16:25
CGY
David Moss  Slashing against  Darroll Powe
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
33-19-11
SA: 30TOI: 64:55
Saves: 28EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0
Josh Harding
SA: 29TOI: 64:49
Saves: 27EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .931SH: 1 - 1
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