The Minnesota Wild played its second straight dominant game, but this time won 4-3 over the Calgary Flames Monday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Wild were coming off a shootout loss in which it out played the Columbus Blue Jackets. The problem was that night was scoring.

The Wild (23-16-3) had not problem with that Monday.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard got one shift on the second line with Jason Zucker getting his skate repaired and scored the biggest goal of the game.

Bouchard received a pass from Devin Setoguchi in the circle to the right of Joey MacDonald and fired a shot that snuck through the goaltender's legs 10 seconds after the Flames got on the board.

Jason Pominville led the Wild's offense with two goals. 

His first tally came midway through the second period on a carom off the end boards from a Ryan Suter. Suter recorded his 27th assist of the season to take the league lead among defensemen in the category.

Pominville recorded his second goal just 73 seconds after Bouchard scored his goal early in the third period. Pominville blasted a one-timer from Matt Cullen in the slot after coming off the bench in a line change.

The Wild got on the board first at the 2:17 mark of the opening period when Mikko Koivu knocked his attempt at an open net over the goal line.

Little Falls, Minn. native and former St. Cloud State Huskies star Ben Hanowski made his NHL debut and got the Flames back in the game with his first career goal at the 11:19 mark of the third period.

The Flames (16-22-4) got to within one in the final minute of the game, but could not tie the game.

Three Stars

No. 3 – Mikko Koivu. The Wild forward scored a goal.

No. 2 – Pierre-Marc Bouchard. The Wild forward scored a goal.

No. 1 – Jason Pominville. The Wild forward scored two goals.


Minnesota…..1 1 2 – 4

Calgary……..0 0 3 – 3

First Period – 1, Minnesota, Koivu 10 (Parise, Gilbert) 2:17. Penalties – Suter, Min (high sticking), 18:12.

Second Period – 2, Minnesota, Pominville 13 (Suter), 11:13. Penalties – Zucker, Min (hooking), 1:27; Giordano, Cgy, double minor, (high sticking), 18:28.

Third Period – 3, Calgary, Hudler 9 (Horak, Cervenka), 3:42. 4, Minnesota, Bouchard 6 (Setoguchi), 3:52. 5, Minnesota, Pominville 14 (Cullen, Brodin), 5:05. 6, Calgary, Hanowski 1 (Backlund, Glencross), 11:19. 7, Calgary, Baertschi 2 (Cammalleri, Giordano), 19:20. Penalties – None.

Shots on goal – Minnesota 6-12-9 27. Calgary 11-3-9 23.

Goalies – Minnesota, Backstrom (20-23). Calgary, MacDonald (23-27). Referees – Dean Morton, Dennis LaRue. Linesmen – Greg Davorski, Mark Shewchyk.