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Associated Press Minnesota's Justin Falk, right, crashes to the ice after a hit from Calgary's Tim Jackman during the first period of Tuesday's game in Calgary, Alberta. See Page B3.

Wild win fifth straight

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West Central Tribune
Wild win fifth straight
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The Minnesota Wild's hot streak continued Tuesday with a 3-0 road win over the Calgary Flames.

The Wild have won five straight games and won the first game of a five-game road trip despite being outshot 41-26.

Minnesota scored goals in all three periods -- Darroll Powe scored his first of the season in the first, Dany Heatley netted his fifth in the second and Guillaume Latendresse scored his fourth into an empty net -- and goalie Niklas Backstrom earned the shutout by helping the defense shut down the Flames on seven power play opportunities.

Wild 3, Flames 0

Minnesota 1 1 1--3

Calgary 0 0 0--0

First Period--1, Minnesota, Powe 1 (Johnson, Brodziak), 5:35. Penalties--Staubitz, Min, major (fighting), 6:31 Jackman, Cal, major (fighting), 6:31 Staubitz, Min (hooking), 14:24.

Second Period--2, Minnesota, Heatley 5 (Koivu, Zidlicky), 12:47 (pp). Penalties--Prosser, Min (hooking), 2:52 Falk, Min (high-sticking), 7:19 Stajan, Cal (holding), 11:37 Johnson, Min, major-game misconduct (fighting), 13:41 Iginla, Cal, major (fighting), 13:41 Zidlicky, Min (interference), 18:59.

Third Period--3, Minnesota, Latendresse 4 (Heatley, Prosser), 19:22 (en). Penalties--Scandella, Min (hooking), 5:22 Tanguay, Cal (holding), 10:15 Gillies, Min (boarding), 13:16.

Shots on goal--Minnesota 5-9-12--26. Calgary 15-12-14--41.

Power-play Opportunities--Minnesota 1 of 2 Calgary 0 of 7.

Goalies--Minnesota, Backstrom 4-3-2 (41 shots-41 saves). Calgary, Kiprusoff 6-5-0 (25-23).

A--19,289 (19,289). T--2:26.

Referees--Dennis LaRue, Tom Kowal. Linesmen--Lonnie Cameron, Brad Lazarowich.