CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- As he lay flat on the ice being mobbed
by his teammates, Tony Amonte could only laugh at how he ended the
longest scoring drought of his NHL career.
Amonte's flukey goal just 1:37 in opened the scoring, then he
assisted on Jamie Lundmark's winner late in the third period as the
Calgary Flames escaped with a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on
Stuck on 12 goals since Jan. 14, Amonte -- an eight-time scorer
of 30 goals -- finally snapped his 31-game slump when his centering
pass from the corner deflected off the stick of Minnesota's Wes
Walz and into the top corner past Wild goalie Manny Fernandez.
"I was just trying to pass it to Matthew (Lombardi) and the guy
stuck his stick out," Amonte said. "You could hear the crowd
right away, I knew something happened.
"To see the puck drop in the net, I got a good chuckle out of
On the winning goal, Lombardi and Amonte did all the work
digging behind the net. Amonte centered a pass to an open Lundmark,
who blasted a shot from the slot past Fernandez with just 5:20
"Tony made the great pass out to me, I just had to put it in
the net," Lundmark said.
The first-place Flames lead Edmonton by six points in the
Northwest Division race and Colorado by seven.
"We did turn it on at the end a little bit but you don't want
to wait until the game's tied to start turning it on," Amonte
said. "It was not our best effort, but we're definitely happy to
get the two points."
The loss eliminated the Wild from the postseason chase.
"We're just trying our best and trying to stay in hockey games
with teams that are either in the playoffs or trying to get in
there," said Fernandez, who made 27 saves. "We're definitely not
going to sit it out and just wait until next year, that's for
Lundmark had missed the previous four games after sustaining a
cut near his eye in a game March 29. He wore a visor upon his
return to the lineup.
"It's a little different but I'll get used to it," said
Lundmark, who has three goals and four assists in seven games since
being acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes.
Despite the slump, Amonte has been one of the better Flames
forwards recently. He had six assists in his previous eight games.
"I knew the goal was coming because the opportunities were
coming," Amonte said. "It's nice to get it over with, no more
Starting for the 19th time in 20 games, Miikka Kiprusoff made 21
saves to earn his 40th win of the season, breaking the previous
mark of 39 set by Mike Vernon in the 1987-88 season.
"Of course, I want to win games, but I don't think about
records too much," Kiprusoff said.
The Wild tied it at 8:31 of the third period when Brian Rolston
scored his team-leading 33rd goal while Minnesota was playing
"There's a lot of guys here on this team that have a lot to
prove, and when next year comes there will be a lot of job openings
so the organization wants to see a lot from these guys," Fernandez
Rookie D Mark Giordano was inserted into the Flames lineup
after being recalled earlier in the day from Omaha of the AHL. ...
On Wednesday night, the Flames lost D Jordan Leopold (groin) and
Cale Hulse (shoulder). Leopold aggravated the groin injury that
sidelined him the three previous games. ... RW Darren McCarty
(groin/back) and C Lundmark (eye), returned to the Flames lineup
after missing six and four games respectively. ... Minnesota D Erik
Reitz made his NHL debut. ... Calgary won the season series 6-2.
... Jarome Iginla is one point from tying Gary Suter for fourth
place on the Flames' career scoring list.