Wild Head Into Play Offs on 5 Game Losing Streak
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Patrick Sieloff scored the go-ahead goal in his first NHL game and Niklas Backstrom made 35 saves against his former team, leading the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.
Sieloff, summoned from the AHL by the Flames for their meaningless season finale, scored with 5:54 remaining. That was just 31 seconds after Brandon Bollig's goal tied the game against backup Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper.
Zac Dalpe scored in the second period for the Wild (38-33-11), who stumbled into the postseason with their fifth consecutive loss. They have the fewest standings points (87) by a playoff qualifier since the shootout was added in 2005.
Backstrom was named the first star of the game. He skated back out to acknowledge the applauding crowd, waving and patting his heart.