After their franchise-tying win streak came to an end earlier in the week with a brutal loss to the Vancouver Canucks, the Calgary Flames looked to bounce back at home in their first meeting with the Minnesota Wild.
The Flames did not get off to a great start in this one. Just 96 seconds into the game, Frederick Gaudreau scored on the Wild’s first shot of the game to grab the early lead. But that was about it. From that point forward, the Flames absolutely took over and scored the next five goals.
The first period saw goals from Tyler Toffoli, Matthew Tkachuk, and Erik Gudbranson. Shots were 18-4 in favour of the Flames after 20 minutes.
In the second period, Andrew Mangiapane and Blake Coleman scored, the latter shorthanded and a complete workhorse effort from Coleman.
The Flames took a 5-1 lead into the second intermission, the game completely in their control.
The Wild tried to make it a game with two quick goals in the third period from Nick Bjugstad and Kirill Kaprizov, but that’s all they could muster. Tkachuk and Toffoli both scored empty netters to ice the game with a final score of 7-3.
One scary moment from the game was an awkward hit taken by Oliver Kylington that sent him down the tunnel and done for the night. Darryl Sutter gave a positive update on Kylington’s status following the game, but it really didn’t look good.
Hopefully Kylington is alright and ready for the rematch against the Wild on Tuesday night.
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