After a tense game, it took penalties for the Calgary Flames to tame the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in the NHL on Friday evening.
The meeting took place at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary and it was the home side who made a sluggish start as Chris Stewart scored the opening goal for the Wild.
The Flames would hit back though in the first period as Kris Versteeg and Mikael Backlund both got their names on the score-sheet.
The second period passed without incident.
In the third period the Wild levelled matters at 2-2 and so overtime and then penalties were required.
After making 23 saves, the Flames’ Chad Johnson stopped two of three shootout attempts to get his team over the line.
Calgary forward Sean Monahan scored the deciding shootout goal in the second round.
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Speaking after, Monahan explained that he was forced to think on the spot to beat the keeper.
“I had no idea what I was doing, to be honest,” Monahan said.
“I thought I was going to come in and go high blocker, but it wasn’t there. He’s pretty tall, so I just tried a little move and lucky enough something opened up.”
The Flames have now won back-to-back games at home for the first time this season and have started a three-game homestand.
In the only other game played in the NHL on Friday evening, the San Jose Sharks beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in a nail-biter.