CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mikko Koivu scored 1:50 into overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
Alone in the slot, Koivu took a pass from Charlie Coyle and moved in on Jonas Hiller. Koivu put a shot over the goalie’s shoulder for his ninth goal this season.
The Wild improved to 5-7 in overtime. The Flames fell to 11-4.
Justin Fontaine and Matt Dumba scored in regulation for Minnesota (29-21-7). The Wild have been one of the NHL’s hottest teams, going 11-2-2 in their last 15. They have climbed within one point of the San Jose Sharks, who hold the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.
Jiri Hudler and Lance Bouma scored for Calgary (32-22-4), which is 6-2-1 in its last nine.
The Flames moved into sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division — one point ahead of Vancouver, which has two games in hand.
Down 2-1, Calgary tied it at 10:14 of the third when Bouma fired a wrist shot from the wing that beat Devan Dubnyk inside the far goal post.
However, the Flames couldn’t complete the comeback as they have so many times this season. Dubnyk made 35 saves to improve to 11-2-1 since being acquired by Minnesota from Arizona.
The Wild took a 1-0 lead at 8:40 of the first period when Fontaine completed a pretty passing sequence with Coyle and Thomas Vanek, chipping a shot over Hiller’s glove.
Minnesota surged in front 2-0 less than three minutes later when Dumba carried the puck over the Flames blue line and wristed a shot into the top corner from the top of the circle.
The Flames cut the deficit in half at 17:08 when Hudler deflected Dennis Wideman’s shot out of the air and between Dubnyk’s pads. It was close to being a high-stick, but it was ruled a goal on the ice and was confirmed by a video review.
NOTES: LW Michael Keranen was scratched by Minnesota. He was called up from Iowa of the AHL in case Vanek was unable to play due to an injury sustained in the previous game. … Out of the lineup for the Flames was Paul Byron. … Minnesota has scored first in 10 of 11 games. Calgary has allowed the first goal in 11 of 13.
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