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Wild blow 3-0 lead, get first regulation loss of season

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Alex Tanguay made up for a miscue earlier this week that cost Calgary a game.

He scored the tying and go-ahead goals to help the Flames come back from a three-goal deficit and beat Minnesota 5-3 on Wednesday night, handing the Wild their first regulation loss in nine games this season.

Minnesota earned 15 of 16 available points in its first eight games, winning seven times and losing in a shootout at Los Angeles.

Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf got the comeback started with power-play goals in the second, and Tanguay tied it in the period with his first goal of the season.

Tanguay, who turned over the puck on the power play Monday night in a 4-1 loss to the Sharks, gave Calgary the lead at 3:46 of the third, and Robyn Regehr added a goal at 8:03.

"I wasn't happy about Monday, I gave [San Jose] a goal that shifted the game's momentum," said Tanguay, whose goals were his first in 18 games dating to last season. "Tonight, we were skating and Iggy and Daymond [Langkow] were playing great. When we're skating, we're first on the puck and with their skill level, it's easy to make plays."

On the go-ahead goal, goalie Niklas Backstrom shoveled the puck behind his net for Nick Schultz, but it bounced over the defenseman's stick. Iginla corralled the puck and zipped a pass out to Adrian Aucoin, whose slap shot was deflected in by Tanguay.

Tanguay tied the game at 15:29 of the second.

"The game changed after that," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said "We weren't as disciplined, we weren't as sharp, we stopped doing the good things that got us the lead that we had. You could see it coming."

Miikka Kiprusoff made 16 saves for the Flames.

Brian Rolston and Mark Parrish scored power-play goals for Minnesota in a 2:04 span early in the first period, and Wes Walz made it 3-0 at 9:41.

"This brings you back down to earth quick," Parrish said. "It's a humbling game, it really is. Just when you think you have everything figured out, something like that comes along and bites you."

Game notes
After giving up the two early power-play goals, the Flames' successfully killed their final seven penalties. ... Backstrom made 19 saves. He entered the night second in the NHL in goals against average (1.48), second in wins (5), and third in save percentage (.943).