By: Kate Butler |


Coming off a 5-4 loss in Denver, the Wild ended their four game road trip in Calgary tonight. Tonight’s game was reflective of their loss in Denver earlier this week; while Minnesota was able to rally they couldn’t come up with the win. The Wild were able to force the game past regulation, but lost 4-3.


The Flames drew first blood, as TJ Galiardi lit the lamp for Calgary midway through the opening period. Minnesota was outshot 6-7 and couldn’t answer Galiardi’s goal this period.


Cooke tied the game at 14:03 into the second period on a shorthanded goal. This was the Wild’s second shorthanded goal of the season. The Flames regained the lead with a minute and a half left to play in the period, with a power play goal from Dennis Wideman. Minnesota had just 4 shots on net this period, while the Flames had 18.


Calgary pulled ahead by two goals with a shorthanded goal from Mikael Backlund one minute into the final period of play. Heatley scored his fourth power play goal of the season, and made it a one-goal game midway through the period. Keith Ballard tied the game with his second goal of the season with just over four minutes left in regulation play. Minnesota outshot the Flames 12-4 this period, and outscored the Flames by 1, sending the game into yet another OT.


Minnesota came into this 4-on-4 overtime with an OT record of 7-6. The Wild weren’t able to improve that record tonight, as Backlund knocked home the game winner halfway through the five minute overtime. The Wild closed out their road trip with a record of 1-1-2.


“It says a lot to come back like that but our starts haven’t been good lately and that has cost us the last two games,” Dany Heatley said in a post-game interview.


The Wild will travel home to host Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The puck drops at 7 p.m. and you can catch all the action on FM 100.3 KFAN and on