The Minnesota Wild douses the Calgary Flames in the first of a five game home stand to finish the home portion of their season.
The Wild and Flames traded goals in the first period. Calgary struck first and the sellout crowd of just over 19,000 had to wait until the eleventh minute for the home team to get on the board. The shot (pictured above) snuck by the goalie’s arm despite many thinking the save had been made. Matt Dumba, who made the shot from the right circle and followed it to the goal and pushed it in from behind the net, electrified the crowd with the goal.
The second period saw flurries of action around the net but no scoring.
The third period was when the Wild turned on the pressure, scoring three goals in just under nine minutes. The Wild has the best third period scoring record in the NHL with 26 third period goals since Feb. 22. Thomas Vanek, Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise scored for the Wild. Marcus Granlund scored for the Flames with less than five minutes left in the game.
Some notable milestones for Wild players in this game:
Zach Parise scored his 30th goal this year in the third period. Parise is just the fourth Wild player to reach the 30 goal mark and he joins Marian Gaborik, Brian Rolston and Jason Pominville in that club.
Thomas Vanek scored his 20th goal
The Wild are won 10 of their last 14 home games and are inching closer to the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoff race.
The Wild win 4-2 and have 93 points on the year, one point behind Chicago. The Wild will host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday March 28. Stay tuned for news and photos from that game.
This article is published with permission and originally appeared on Examiner.com.