Skip to main content

Lundmark, Nystrom help Flames jolt Wild

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- The way the Calgary Flames kept losing

goals, it seemed they might never get one to stick.

Eric Nystrom scored the eventual winner in a 3-2 victory over

the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night, but it didn't come until a

pair of apparent power-play goals by Olli Jokinen and Curtis

Glencross were disallowed by referee Eric Furlatt.

"The first one looked like it was pretty legit, but at the same

time the referee doesn't get to look at the scoreboard and see

the instant replay so he is just going with what he sees on the

ice," Nystrom said. "Things happen so fast out there that they

just make the call and they can't reverse their own call. That's

what's tough about being a referee."

Jamie Lundmark had a goal and an assist, Daymond Langkow also

scored, and Miikka Kiprusoff made only 13 saves in earning his

NHL-leading 43rd win of the season.

Andrew Brunette and James Sheppard scored for Minnesota, three

points behind eighth-place Edmonton and St. Louis at the playoff

cutoff in the Western Conference. The Wild will visit Edmonton

on Sunday night.

"We're supposed to be fighting for our lives here to get into

the playoffs and it's just not a good effort tonight," Wild

forward Owen Nolan said.

Niklas Backstrom kept the Wild in the game as he made 37 saves,

including 18 in the first period when Minnesota was outshot


"In hockey, you never give up," Backstrom said. "You go out

there and you battle until the buzzer or until someone says the

season is over. Until then you fight."

After Wild rookie Cal Clutterbuck took a rare clipping penalty,

the Flames appeared to pull ahead when Jokinen slapped a shot

past Backstrom. Furlatt immediately waved off the goal because

Glencross was called for impeding with Backstrom in the crease.

"We looked at it after, and it was not in the crease," Calgary

coach Mike Keenan said. "His foot was in the crease and then he

moved it out. It was probably in the crease two seconds before

the puck went in net and then out, so missed call."

The Flames regained control of the puck on that power play, and

Glencross appeared to score when he tipped a point shot by

Jarome Iginla past Backstrom. Furlatt again waved off the goal

because Glencross tipped the puck with a high stick. The call

was upheld after a video review.

"It's a ref's discretion, obviously, and sometimes that

happens," Glencross said. "We all just kind of shook our heads

and put it behind us. You know it was still a tight game there

and we just had to go forward with it."

Calgary's persistence finally paid off when Iginla made a nice

pass across to Nystrom, who one-timed a shot into the top corner

to make it 3-2.

The Flames carried the play early, but the Wild scored first

when Brunette swatted a rebound past Kiprusoff 11:56 into the


Calgary tied it at 13:23 when Lundmark's snap shot from the

right circle beat Niklas Backstrom high to the glove side. The

goal snapped a scoreless span of 133 minutes, 51 seconds for the

Flames, who were shut out in back-to-back games at Pittsburgh

and Columbus on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Flames took a 2-1 lead with 4:23 left in the first when

Langkow converted a feed from Todd Bertuzzi, who outbattled

Minnesota defenseman Martin Skoula behind the net before

throwing the puck out front to his linemate.

Sheppard scored his first goal in 26 games 11:13 into the second

to bring Minnesota into a 2-2 tie.


Nick Paul

Lightning Sign Paul to Seven-Year Extension

The Tampa Bay Lightning have checked off one of the biggest boxes on their offseason to-do list.


Early 2023 Stanley Cup Odds: Avalanche the Early Favorite

The Colorado Avalanche are the early leaders for the 2023 Stanley Cup, but which other teams pose the biggest threat?


Red Wings Name Derek Lalonde Head Coach

The Detroit Red Wings have named Derek Lalonde the 28th head coach in franchise history.