Smith has 31 saves, Lindholm scores 2 as Flames prime Wild 2-0

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07 Dec 2018, 11:49 IST
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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mike Smith pumped his fist on the closing buzzer, letting himself take pleasure in one other shutout.

“That is the one time of the sport I can rejoice, is after we win the sport,” Smith stated.

Smith made 31 saves, Elias Lindholm scored twice and the Calgary Flames beat the Minnesota Wild 2-Zero on Thursday night time.

Smith bought his second shutout of the season and 38th of his profession. He has gained his previous 5 video games, together with a victory in aid of David Rittich on Tuesday when Calgary rallied from 4-1 all the way down to beat Columbus 9-6.

“It is all the time good, particularly in an in depth sport to listen to the horn go off on the finish and get the 2 factors,” he stated.

Lindholm bought his 14th and 15th targets of the season and has 32 factors in 29 video games. His profession excessive is 17 targets, reached with Carolina in 2014-15.

Johnny Gaudreau and captain Mark Giordano assisted on each targets.

“We discover methods to attain. It is good for us and good for the group,” Lindholm stated. “Smitty made some large saves for us at key moments so I’ve to thank him for this one.”

Smith did not simply make an influence in internet. He checked Wild main purpose scorer Zach Parise within the second interval when the goalie got here out of his crease to play the puck.

“I wasn’t making an attempt to hit him, I used to be simply making an attempt to guard the puck,” Smith stated. “They train you that in minor hockey, to show your again and get your massive butt out.”

Calgary leads the Pacific Division at 18-9-2 and improved to 13-2 this season when scoring the primary purpose of the sport.

Alex Stalock stopped 18 pictures for the Wild.

“I all the time assume for essentially the most half the hassle was there, however loads of our guys weren’t dealing with the puck nicely,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau stated. “Alex performed a very good sport and saved us in there, particularly initially.”

Minnesota dropped to 1-2 on its journey to 5 Canadian cities, a primary for the franchise.

Smith held off Minnesota on a pair of power-play probabilities within the second interval and one other to finish the sport after the Wild pulled Stalock for an additional attacker.

“He was good tonight,” Boudreau stated. “When he is on, he is actually on. Everyone is aware of that. When he is off, he is actually off.”

Lindholm made it 2-Zero at 1:13 of the third interval when Gaudreau took a stretch move from Giordano and dished the puck to him alone on the faceoff circle.

Minnesota gained a first-period problem of Lindholm’s purpose that was dominated offside, however Lindholm scored 50 seconds into the second body on a 2-on-1 with Gaudreau.

Matt Dumba steamrolled Calgary heart Mikael Backlund within the closing minute of the sport. Flames ahead Ryan Lomberg went after Dumba, which resulted in a Calgary penalty.

“I believe it is exhibiting no respect for the participant and for the sport,” Lindholm stated of Dumba’s verify. “They’re down 2-Zero and there is 40 seconds left and I assumed he left his ft somewhat.”

NOTES: With two assists, Giordano reached 407 profession factors and moved previous Lanny McDonald into 11th on Calgary’s profession record. … Flames ahead Michael Frolik (decrease physique) and defenseman Michael Stone (blood clot) and Juusu Valimaki (decrease physique) have been scratched from the Flames lineup.

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Minnesota: At Edmonton on Friday.

Calgary: Hosts Nashville on Saturday.

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