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Vanek buries a backhand for his 20th, Parise scores his 30th as Minnesota defeats Calgary

Thomas Vanek marked 10 straight seasons of scoring at least 20 goals since making his NHL debut in 2005, when he smacked a flying puck past Calgary Flames’ netminder Karri Ramo to give the Wild a 2-1 lead in the third period on Friday night.

Thomas Vanek marked 10 straight seasons of scoring at least 20 goals since making his NHL debut in 2005, when he smacked a flying puck past Calgary Flames’ netminder Karri Ramo to give the Wild a 2-1 lead in the third period on Friday night.

It’s an admirable feat for the 31-year-old, who has laced up for four different teams since the start of last season – Buffalo, New York Islanders, Montreal and Minnesota. Vanek was drafted fifth overall by Buffalo in 2003, has amassed 296 goals and 605 points in 736 games and is poised to make a playoff run with the red-hot Wild. Zach Parise also hit a milestone on Friday night, reaching the 30-goal plateau for the sixth time in his career with a beauty breakaway goal.

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Minnesota stormed back after being down 1-0 early in the first period to complete a gutsy 4-2 win against a Flames team currently chasing them for a wildcard position in the Western Conference. The Wild now sit six points ahead of the Flames and three points ahead of Winnipeg with just seven games remaining.