Tkachuk, Toffoli lead Flames to 7-3 win over WIld – The San Diego Union-Tribune

CALGARY, Alberta — 

Matthew Tkachuk and Tyler Toffoli each had two goals and an assist, and the Calgary Flames beat the Minnesota Wild 7-3 Saturday night.

Blake Coleman had a goal and an assist, and Erik Gudbranson and Andrew Mangiapane also scored to help Calgary bounce back from a 7-1 loss at Vancouver on Thursday night that snapped a 10-game winning streak.

The Flames have won 11 straight at home, tying the franchise record set in the 2015-16 season.

Jacob Markstrom stopped 22 shots to improve to 24-11-5 this season.

Frederick Gaudreau, Nick Bjugstad and Kirill Kaprizov scored for Minnesota, which has lost three straight and five of six. Kaapo Kahkonen finished with 28 saves.

The Wild trailed 5-1 after two periods, before scoring twice in the third. Bjugstad skated in and scored off a pass from Matt Boldy on a rush with 6:35 remaining and Kaprizov beat Markstrom from the left circle to pull Minnesota within two just 70 seconds later.

Tkachuk’s second of the night, an empty-netter from beyond the blue line, pushed Calgary’s lead to 6-3 with 1:54 left, and Toffoli added another empty-netter in the final minute.

Gaudreau gave the Wild a 1-0 lead on a tip-in at 1:36 of the first period.

Calgary then scored five straight goals to take control. Toffoli tied it from the right circle with 9 1/2 minutes to go in the opening period, Tkachuk put the Flames ahead for good on a power-play goal 1:20 later, and Gudbranson’s one-timer from the point made it 3-1 with 2:18 remaining in the period.

Mangiapane scored off a rebound from the left side for his team-leading 27th of the season with 3:36 left in the second.

Coleman’s short-handed goal on a breakaway with 51 seconds remaining in the period pushed the lead to 5-1.


The teams complete their home-and-home set Tuesday night at Minnesota.


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