The Wild was the epitome of a one-line team at the start of the season when Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley were providing all the offense.
But that line has completely dried up and was finally broken up Saturday night, when the lowest-scoring team in the NHL lost to the lowly Calgary Flames 3-1 in Game 2 of the Hockey Night in Canada twin bill at the Saddledome.
Heatley, a Calgary native, was minus-3 and dropped to the third line as Pierre-Marc Bouchard took his spot alongside Parise and Koivu.
Heatley was on the ice when Matt Stajan broke a 1-1 tie 7 minutes, 19 seconds into the third period. As players fought for a loose puck in front of Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, Flames captain Jarome Iginla found it and fed Stajan, who jammed the puck under Backstrom's outstretched left pad.
Stajan later added an empty-netter, and Alex Tanguay also scored for the Flames. Charlie Coyle, the 20-year-old called up Friday to replace injured Cal Clutterbuck, scored his first NHL goal for the Wild.
Joey MacDonald, playing in the Calgary net in place of injured Miikka Kiprusoff, was superb with 30 saves.
"We got trapped into playing the wrong way," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We started turning it into a bit of a track meet going back and forth."
Wild offense absent in loss to Flames
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 24