Series (Game 3 of 6)

Calgary leads 3-2

Game 1: Tuesday, October 21st
Game 2: Friday, November 7th
Game 3: Friday, December 5th
Game 4: Tuesday, December 9th
Game 5: Monday, December 29th
Game 6: Sunday, February 15th

Wild 1

(9-13-0, 22 pts)

Flames 2

(12-8-3, 28 pts)

9:00 PM ET, December 5, 2003

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
MIN 1 0 01
CGY 0 0 22

S. Donovan (Flames - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Fernandez (Wild - G): Saves: 29, Save Pct.: .935

C. Conroy (Flames - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Minnesota (9-12-4-0) at Calgary (11-8-1-3) 9:00 pm EST

CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- Off to one of their better starts in the last decade, the Calgary Flames host the Minnesota Wild in a Northwest Division matchup on Friday.

The Flames have a winning record after 23 games for only the second time since the lockout-shortened 1995 season. They were 13-4-4-2 two years ago at this point only to finish 32-35-12-3.

Last season, Calgary was 6-11-3-3 through 23 games in the final days of coach Greg Gilbert's tenure. But they finished a 29-36-13-4 season with an 11-6-3 record.

Calgary improved to 5-0-1-1 in its last seven games with Thursday's 4-1 win at Vancouver. Iginla, who struggled early, has three goals and seven assists in that stretch.

Iginla continued his strong play with his first power-play goal of the season and added an empty-netter for his first two-goal game of the season Thursday.

"I just tried to work and contribute on the scoreboard, and hopefully, this is a start," Iginla said. "It's been different guys every night who have gotten a big goal for us, and that's part of what good teams do."

One of those guys is Shean Donovan. His goal midway through the second period turned out to be the game-winner and was his fifth in four contests.

Donovan's linemate Martin Gelinas had the other goal and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 28 shots to improve to 4-1-0 since being acquired from the San Jose Sharks on November 16.

Minnesota is looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since winning three in a row from October 28-November 1. It is just 4-6-3 since that run and snapped a five-game winless streak with a 1-0 blanking at Edmonton on Wednesday.

Marian Gaborik scored a power-play goal and Manny Fernandez made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season.

Friday is the third meeting between the teams. The Wild evened the season series with a 3-0 win here November 7 when Pascal Dupuis had a goal and an assist and Dwayne Roloson made 34 saves against his former team