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Flames Down Minnesota 3-2 - Match Report

Calgary needed a shootout to earn a 3-2 victory over Minnesota on Friday in NHL action at Xcel Energy Center.

The Flames were a +125 underdog in the win. The combined score pushed PUSH the total, which closed at 5.

The win was clinched by Rene Bourque, who beat Niklas Backstrom in a shootout to gain the extra point in the standings for Calgary. Calgary got goals from Alex Tanguay and Mark Giordano in the victory. Giordano opened the scoring at 19:27 of the second period.

Henrik Karlsson turned in a 20-save effort for the Flames.

Martin Havlat and Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored for the Wild, finding the net behind Henrik Karlsson.

Niklas Backstrom stopped 30 of 32 shots for the Wild, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.

On the power play, Calgary went 0-for-4, while the Wild were 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

Minnesota lost the shots on goal battle to Calgary by a margin of 32-22.

Next game, Calgary takes its act on the road to face Chicago looking for another win. For Minnesota, they head on the road to face Dallas.