Bouchard scores, but Wild falls to Flames in shootout
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Rene Bourque and Alex Tanguay scored in a shootout to give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.
Flames goalie Henrik Karlsson stopped Minnesota's Mikko Koivu and Pierre-Marc Bouchard to start the shootout, but the Wild's Patrick O'Sullivan extended the tiebreaker. Bourque then beat Niklas Backstrom between the legs to give the Flames only their fourth victory in their past 12 games.
Tanguay and Mark Giordano scored in regulation for the Flames. Karlsson, playing for only the fourth time this season, stopped 20 shots for Calgary.
Martin Havlat and Bouchard scored in regulation for the Wild.
Backstrom, who started for Minnesota after sitting out consecutive games for the first time this season, made 30 saves. He has lost 10 of his last 11 shootouts.
Bouchard's goal was his first since missing 104 games over the past two seasons because of a concussion.
The victory was Calgary's second over Minnesota in the past five days. The Flames, who shut out the Wild 3-0 on Monday night, also moved into a tie with Minnesota for third place in the Northwest Division.
Minnesota has lost four in a row -- its longest losing streak of the season -- and six of seven games.
Tanguay had a chance to win the game less than 2 minutes into overtime when he got clear of Minnesota's defense and drove toward the goal, but Backstrom Tanguay's shot with his left skate.
Havlat tied it with 7:21 left in the third period. Catching the puck along the left boards, Havlat drove to the net and across the crease before backhanding the puck past Karlsson. Havlat also assisted on Bouchard's goal and has 16 points in the past 11 games.
The Wild had several shots on goal in the final 90 seconds, but Karlsson, who was playing for only the fourth time this season, kept the puck out of the net.
Tanguay gave the Flames a 2-1 lead at 4:39 of the third period. With the puck behind the net, Matt Stajan found Tanguay crashing toward the net. Tanguay collected the puck and shot it past Backstrom and extended his goals streak to five consecutive games.
Minnesota's Pierre-Marc Bouchard opened the scoring for the Wild in the second period when he grabbed the rebound of his initial shot and shot the puck over Karlsson.
Bouchard was playing only his second game back after missing more than a season because of a concussion sustained in the 2009-10 opener. Bouchard hadn't scored since March 10, 2009.
Calgary tied it at one in the final minute of the second period. Niklas Hagman found Mark Giordano in front of the net during a stretch of 4-on-4 play. Giordano's initial backhander was stopped by Backstrom, but Giordano sneaked the rebound just inside the post for his third goal of the season.
NOTES: Minnesota winger Chuck Kobasew is likely to return to the ice for the first time in a month when the Wild play at Dallas on Saturday night. Kobasew has missed 14 games because of a groin injury and a family medical situation. ... An early evening snow storm left the Xcel Energy Center only about half-filled, one of the smallest crowds in Wild history in terms of actual people in the building.