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Flames beat Wild, regain Northwest lead

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- The Calgary Flames pushed aside the
Minnesota Wild in the third period.

Steven Reinprecht and Jason Wiemer scored third-period goals and
the Calgary Flames beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Thursday night to
move back into first place in the Northwest Division.

"We haven't played the 60 minutes like we wanted to lately, and
tonight, we played good," Reinprecht said. "We battled from
behind a couple of times and we came out hard in the third and
that's what our identity is."

Reinprecht broke a 2-2 tie with 8:13 left, and Jason Wiemer put
the game away with 3:34 to go with his first goal of the season.

"It was a pretty good game both sides," Wild coach Jacques
Lemaire said. "In the third they got a couple good plays and we
made a mistake on that last goal."

Tony Amonte and Shean Donovan also scored to help the Flames
take a one-point lead over Vancouver in the tight Northwest
Division.

Richie Regehr, the younger brother of Flames defenseman Robyn
Regehr, picked up an assist on the winning goal in his first NHL
game.

"A great shot by Richie, hard and on the net. I just threw my
stick out and it bounced off of it," Reinprecht said.

Richie Regehr was called up from Omaha of the AHL on Monday.

"I just put my head down and shot it towards the net," he
said.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves for the Flames to improve to
19-10-4.

Kyle Wanvig and Pascal Dupuis scored for Minnesota, which
entered the game with a three-game winning streak.

Calgary tied it at 2 with 42 seconds left in the second period
when Donovan curled out from behind the net and squeezed a
backhander behind Dwayne Roloson. The goal was Donovan's first in
35 games.

"It was a great feeling and to tie it up going into the third
period, I was excited," said Donovan, who also had an assist.

The goal came 1:29 after Minnesota took the lead on Dupuis'
breakaway goal.

"We had the momentum and everything was fitting into our plans,
but then all of a sudden that bad bounce and it's a tied hockey
game," Wanvig said.

Game notes
Minnesota was coming victories Monday and Wednesday nights
in Edmonton. ... In a statistical oddity, Minnesota has a better
record when it's outshot (14-10-2) then when it outshoots the
opposition (3-6-2).