The Minnesota Wild struggled in its first four road games this season, but got a much needed win in its fifth try Monday.

Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu scored a pair of pretty goals and Niklas Backstrom stopped two of three attempts in the shootout to get the 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Wild (6-5-1) had the early opportunities and forced the Flames to commit the first three penalties of the game.

It didn't pay off, but the the Wild got the first goal of the game late in the second period.

Kyle Brodziak tucked the puck behind Leland Irving for his first goal of the season with one minute and 38 seconds remaining in the second period.

Ryan Suter, who assisted on both Wild goals in Saturday's win over the Nashville Predators, pinched down the boards to keep the puck in the offensive zone and deflected the puck to the slot. Devin Setoguchi picked up and fed Brodziak on the backdoor. Brodziak moved back across the top of the crease as Irving slid past.

The Wild held the lead for awhile in real time only because of the second intermission. The Flames (3-4-3) tied the game one minute and 28 seconds into the third period when Jiri Hudler beat Backstrom between the legs on a two-on-one rush. Tom Gilbert left Hudler all alone and took away the passing option to Roman Cervenka. However, Backstrom was slow to cover up the five-hole and Hudler sent the game to overtime.

Three Stars

No. 3 – Jiri Hudler. The Flames forward scored the Flames' only goal of the game.

No. 2 – Ryan Suter. The Wild defenseman recorded an assist.

No. 1 – Kyle Brodziak. The Wild forward scored the Wild's only goal of the game.


Minnesota     0 1 0 0 – 2

Calgary     0 0 1 0 – 1

First Period – None. Penalties – Jackman, Cgy (roughing), 3:08; Giordano, Cgy (holding), 8:01.

Second Period – 1, Minnesota, Brodziak 1 (Setoguchi, Suter), 18:22. Penalties – Bouwmeester, Cgy (interference), 3:10; Gilbert, Min (hooking), 6:19.

Third Period – 2, Calgary, Hudler 3 (Cervenka), 1:28. Penalties – Suter, Min (interference), 9:52; Tanguay, Cgy (tripping), 14:15.

Overtime – None. Penalties – None.

Shootout – Minnesota Parise (goal), Koivu (goal). Calgary Jones (save), Hudler (goal), Tanguay (save).

Shots on goal – Minnesota 8-10-5-1 24. Calgary 7-10-6-1 24.

Goalies – Minnesota, Backstrom (23-24). Calgary, Irving (23-24). A – 19,289. Referees – Mike Hasenfratz, Kevin Pollock. Linesmen – Jean Morin, Mark Wheler.