Minnesota at Calgary

Flames mount impressive comeback to hand Wild first regulation loss

CBSSports.com wire reports

CALGARY, Alberta -- Alex Tanguay made up for a miscue earlier this week that cost Calgary a game.

He scored the tying and go-ahead goals to help the Flames come back from a three-goal deficit and beat Minnesota 5-3 on Wednesday night, handing the Wild their first regulation loss in nine games this season.

Minnesota earned 15 of 16 available points in its first eight games, winning seven times and losing in a shootout at Los Angeles.

Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf got the comeback started with power-play goals in the second, and Tanguay tied it in the period with his first goal of the season.

Tanguay, who turned over the puck on the power play Monday night in a 4-1 loss to the Sharks, gave Calgary the lead at 3:46 of the third, and Robyn Regehr added a goal at 8:03.

"I wasn't happy about Monday, I gave (San Jose) a goal that shifted the game's momentum," said Tanguay, whose goals were his first in 18 games dating to last season. "Tonight, we were skating and Iggy and Daymond (Langkow) were playing great. When we're skating, we're first on the puck and with their skill level, it's easy to make plays."

On the go-ahead goal, goalie Niklas Backstrom shoveled the puck behind his net for Nick Schultz, but it bounced over the defenseman's stick. Iginla corralled the puck and zipped a pass out to Adrian Aucoin, whose slap shot was deflected in by Tanguay.

Tanguay tied the game at 15:29 of the second.

"The game changed after that," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said "We weren't as disciplined, we weren't as sharp, we stopped doing the good things that got us the lead that we had. You could see it coming."

Miikka Kiprusoff made 16 saves for the Flames.

Brian Rolston and Mark Parrish scored power-play goals for Minnesota in a 2:04 span early in the first period, and Wes Walz made it 3-0 at 9:41.

"This brings you back down to earth quick," Parrish said. "It's a humbling game, it really is. Just when you think you have everything figured out, something like that comes along and bites you."


  • After giving up the two early power-play goals, the Flames' successfully killed their final seven penalties.
  • Backstrom made 19 saves. He entered the night second in the NHL in goals against average (1.48), second in wins (5), and third in save percentage (.943).
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Alex Tanguay takes off after scoring the go-ahead goal, making up from a three-goal deficit. (AP)
Alex Tanguay takes off after scoring the go-ahead goal, making up from a three-goal deficit. (AP)
Minnesota (7-1-1)3003
Calgary  (5-3-2) «0325
Three Stars
J. Iginla

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
A. Tanguay

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
A. Aucoin

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
03:16Power Play - Brian Rolston (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Pierre-Marc Bouchard, James Sheppard
05:20Power Play - Mark Parrish (3), Tip-In. Assist: Kim Johnsson, Marian Gaborik
09:41Wes Walz (1), Tip-In. Assist: Branko Radivojevic, Marian Gaborik
10:33Jarome Iginla (7), Snap Shot. Assist: Daymond Langkow
14:05Power Play - Dion Phaneuf (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Alex Tanguay, Adrian Aucoin
15:29Alex Tanguay (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jarome Iginla, Daymond Langkow
03:46Alex Tanguay (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Adrian Aucoin, Jarome Iginla
08:03Robyn Regehr (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Owen Nolan, Matthew Lombardi
Penalty Summary
02:23Godard, 2 min, Holding
04:07Warrener, 2 min, Hooking
10:39Bouchard, 2 min, Interference
14:47Phaneuf, 5 min, Fighting
14:47Veilleux, 5 min, Fighting
14:47Veilleux, 2 min, Instigator
14:47Veilleux, 10 min, Game Misconduct
03:19Foy, 5 min, Fighting
03:19Smith, 5 min, Fighting
03:31Gaborik, 2 min, Hooking
03:49Rolston, 2 min, High sticking
08:00Yelle, 2 min, High sticking
10:58Conroy, 2 min, Hooking
12:54Gaborik, 2 min, Interference
16:55Phaneuf, 2 min, Tripping
59.0Conroy, 2 min, Hooking
04:12Conroy, 2 min, Elbowing
10:02Johnsson, 2 min, Delaying Game
14:15Nolan, 2 min, Slashing
17:34Iginla, 2 min, Interference with goal tender.
Niklas Backstrom59:51195
Miikka Kiprusoff60:00163
Game Information
Attendance - 19289
Referees - Kelly Sutherland, Brad Watson
Linesmen - Steve Miller, Tony Sericolo
Other Games
TB 3 Final
Wash 5
Van 2 Final
Det 3
Phi 3 Final
Fla 4
Buf 2 Final
Car 6