In Calgary’s last game against a Northwest Division opponent, the Flames picked up yet another win and two points. The W’s and points don’t matter much anymore but it feels good knocking good teams out of the top 8.
Mark Cundari opened up the scoring for the Flames on the power-play 13 minutes into the game. It was easily one of the nicest snipes I’ve ever seen. It was Cundari’s first NHL goal in his first NHL game after being traded from St. Louis to Calgary in the same deal that sent Jay Bouwmeester to the Blues. A goal wasn’t enough for the 22-year-old, as the Ontario-native picked up an assist on a Cammalleri goal in the third period.
Cundari, Backlund, Cammalleri and Hudler were the goal scorers for the Flames on Sunday, while Reinhart, Giordano, Cundari, Stempniak, Baertschi and Cammalleri collected assists with Brodie registering two.
Joey MacDonald earned his 8th win of the season playing all 60 minutes stopping 27 of 28 shots the Wild tested him with.
The lone Wild goal was scored in the first period by Zach Parise.
With the win the Flames improve to 17-20-7 and sit in 12th place in the Western Conference and yes, ahead of the Edmonton Oilers! Minnesota remains tied for 7th place with Detroit with 51 points.
Sunday night was the final time that these two clubs would matchup against each other as division rivals. In 73 all-time games, the Flames went 40-20-9 against the Minnesota Wild while tying 4 times. Thanks to ShrpSports for the data!
Thank you, Minnesota Wild, for the memories as division rivals and thanks for 94 regular-season points over a span of 12 seasons.
The Flames are off Monday and will take on the Nashville Predators at 6:00 PM MT on Tuesday.