ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild were beaten at their own game.
The Calgary Flames played tight defense and limited the Wild to 19 shots on goal in a 3-2 win Monday night.
"We talked about playing tough, intense hockey," Flames forward Craig Berube said. "You're not going to win that way every night, but we did it tonight and it worked."
During his first two seasons as coach in Minnesota, Jacques Lemaire's squads were known to play slow-paced, defensive hockey. The Flames took a page out of Lemaire's book Monday.
Calgary paid particular attention to Wild forwards Cliff Ronning, Sergei Zholtok and Marian Gaborik, holding the trio to eight shots and one goal.
Flames interim coach Al MacNeil admitted that his team shadowed the Wild's top forwards and played "chippy" and "abrasive" at times, prompting Lemaire to accuse Calgary of playing outside the rules.
"Maybe we need to have players go at their net, drive into the goalie and things like that, and then we might get some goals," he said, sounding a lot like his opposing coaches over the past two seasons. "I think we have to do that, because it looks like it's legal in the rulebook."
Calgary, which had been shut out in its two previous games, opened the scoring late in the first period. Rookie defenseman Jordan Leopold's shot from the left point was deflected by Jarome Iginla in front of the Wild net and bounced between goalie Dwayne Roloson's legs. The goal snapped a 171-minute, 15-second scoreless streak, the third-longest in Flames history.
Minnesota tied it early in the second with a short-handed goal. Richard Park got his eighth of the season, capping a 3-on-1 break by sending a wrist shot into the upper-left corner. It was the eighth short-handed goal Calgary has allowed this season, tying the Flames with Florida for the most allowed.
Calgary's Blake Sloan made it 2-1 when he scored at 11:50 of the second, knocking in the rebound for his first goal. Berube gave the Flames a 3-1 lead less than a minute later.
Gaborik pulled Minnesota back within a goal when he scored during a scramble at 14:58 of the third. It was Gaborik's 22nd goal of the season.
Flames goalie Roman Turek finished with 17 saves, and Roloson had 25.
Notes: Flames captain Craig Conroy missed the game because of a rotator cuff injury sustained Saturday against Pittsburgh. ... Minnesota alternate captain Brad Bombardir left in the third period with a bruised jaw and possible concussion. He did not return. ... The Flames were 0-for-5 on the power play, and are 0-for-12 against Minnesota this season.
Calgary 1 2 0 -- 3
Minnesota 0 1 1 -- 2
First Period--1, Calgary, Iginla 7 (Leopold), 17:14. Penalties--Schultz, Min (high-sticking), :26; Berube, Cal, major (fighting), 4:47; Johnson, Min, major (fighting), 4:47; Montador, Cal, major (fighting), 9:07; Wanvig, Min, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 9:07; Yelle, Cal (holding stick), 11:58; Gauthier, Cal (high-sticking), 12:49.
Second Period--2, Minnesota, Park 8 (Dupuis, Zyuzin), 5:35 (sh). 3, Calgary, Sloan 1 (Boughner), 11:50, 4, Calgary, Berube 1 (Lydman, Wright), 12:39. Penalties--Gelinas, Cal (holding), 2:23; Johnson, Min (interference), 4:37; Wright, Cal (roughing), 7:14; Zyuzin, Min, double minor (roughing), 7:14; Kuba, Min (slashing), 9:15.
Third Period--5, Minnesota, Gaborik 22 (Schultz, Dowd), 14:58. Penalty--Clark, Cal (holding), 19:37.
Shots on goal--Calgary 11-13-4--28. Minnesota 3-7-9--19.
Power-play Opportunities--Calgary 0 of 5; Minnesota 0 of 4.
Goalies--Calgary, Turek 8-12-4 (19 shots-17 saves). Minnesota, Roloson 9-4-5 (28-25).
Referees--Greg Kimmerly, Mick McGeough. Linesmen--Vaughan Rody, Brian Mach.
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