Wild rallies from lackluster start to defeat the Flames in a shootout
The Wild got into penalty trouble, turned the puck over and were heavily outshot the first half of the game.
“You have to give credit to our fourth line,” Devin Setoguchi said. “They have four shifts in a row where they were buzzing and created two penalties. That is what got us our power play goal. That swung the game in our favor. That was difference for us. It woke us up.”
Setoguchi helped get the Wild on the board in the second period before scoring the only goal in the shootout. He beat Miikka Kiprusoff on the stick side with a quick wrist shot as the Wild’s fourth shooter in the shootout.
“It’s nice to get a chance to redeem myself,” Setoguchi said about getting the shootout opportunity after he fell during a similar attempt in Montreal a few weeks back. “Since I fell, I’ve had three successful ones. So it’s been nice to be able to contribute as far as that goes anyway.”
Following the game, Flames head coach Brent Sutter had a meltdown in the hallway outside the visitor’s locker room, which prompted assistant coach Craig Hartsburg to talk to the media.
Sutter was furious with his team’s play over the second half of the game; something Hartsburg articulated in a much calmer matter to the media.
“We had a great start and did everything we wanted to do,” Hartsburg said. “In the second period, I thought we got sloppy and took some penalties; stopped skating. In the third period, we really looked like we played not to lose rather than playing to win. That is something that caught up with us in this hockey game.”
Sutter's postgame meltdown included a lot of yelling and swearing with Flames General Manager Jay Feaster while pacing the hallway and the pounding of a trash can just outside the locker room door.
The Flames (34-26-15) scored the game’s first two goals with the man advantage, one in the first period on a hard carom to the slot off the end boards and the second during a 5-on-3 power play that including a double high sticking minor.
After the Peters-Ortmeyer-Veilleux line turned the momentum, Dany Heatley scored on a one-timer in the slot off a passing play that included all five members of the first power play unit.
The Wild (31-32-10) tied the game at the 12:23 mark of the third period with the game’s only even-strength goal when Darroll Powe drove the net and knocked the puck away from Kiprusoff just across the goal line. The play was not ruled a goal on the ice, but was reviewed for several minutes before it was determined to have crossed the goal line.
The Wild played the final minutes of regulation and overtime without two defensemen, which forced assistant coach Rick Wilson to give Matt Cullen a quick lesson on playing the blue line. It wasn’t completely foreign territory to Cullen, but it was different than he was used.
“It was unique situation,” Cullen said. “I’ve played some in the past at the end of the game when we are down.”
No. 3 – Tom Gilbert. The Wild defenseman blocked three shots, two in overtime.
No. 2 – Darroll Powe. The Wild forward scored the game-tying goal in the third period.
No. 1 – Devin Setoguchi. The Wild forward scored the only goal in the shootout and had an assist.
Calgary 1 1 0 0 – 2
Minnesota 0 1 1 0 – 3
First Period – 1, Calgary, Stempniak 13 (Butler, Bouwmeester), 18:54 (pp). Penalties – Koivu, Min (hooking), 7:28; Tanguay, Cgy (elbowing), 7:57; Stoner, Min (delay of game-puck over glass), 10:57; Kampfer, Min (interference), 16:59.
Second Period – 2, Calgary, Babchuk 1 (unassisted), 1:38 (pp). 3, Minnesota, Heatley 21 (Setoguchi, Cullen), 8:36 (pp). Penalties – Gilbert, Min, double minor (high sticking), :25; Prosser, Min (closing hand on the puck), :55; Glencross, Cgy (slashing)8:15; Bouwmeester, Cgy (interference), 12:38; Comeau, Cgy (high sticking), 14:13.
Third Period – 4, Minnesota, Powe 5 (Johnson, Brodziak), 12:23. Penalties – Butler, Cgy (high sticking), 6:32; Moss, Cgy (slashing), 16:25.
Overtime – None. Penalties – None.
Shootout – Calgary Stajan (missed), Stempniak (save), Jones (save), Comeau (save). Minnesota Christensen (save), Cullen (save), Koivu (save), Setoguchi (goal).
Shots on goal – Calgary 17-9-3-0 29. Minnesota 4-12-12-2 30.
Goalies – Calgary, Kiprusoff (28-30). Minnesota, Harding (27-29). A – 17,002. Referees – Chris Lee, Frederick L’Ecuyer. Linesmen – Brian Mach, Greg Devorski.