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Demitra and Nummelin score in shootout to give Wild a 2-1 victory over Flames

Niklas Backstrom stopped Alex Tanguay and Byron Ritchie in the shootout, to give Minnesota its league-best eighth shootout win. Brian Rolston scored in regulation for Minnesota, which moved into a first-place tie with Calgary and Vancouver in the Northwest Division. The Canucks played Los Angeles later Friday.

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Mark Giordano scored for Calgary, which has won just seven road games – third-worst in the league.