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SportsSmith gets shutout, Flames blank Wild 2-0

08:31  07 december  2018
08:31  07 december  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Smith gets shutout, Flames blank Wild 2-0© Provided by thecanadianpress.com Minnesota Wild's Nino Niederreiter, right, of Switzerland, looks on as Calgary Flames' Elias Lindholm, of Sweden, celebrates his goal during third period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY - Mike Smith pumped his fist after a 31-save shutout for the Calgary Flames in a 2-0 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

Calgary's goaltender earned his second shutout of the season, the 38th of his career, and improved to 5-0 in his last five appearances.

"That's the only time of the game I can celebrate, is when we win the game," Smith said. "It's always nice, especially in a close game to hear the horn go off at the end and get the two points.

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Get all the latest stats, news, videos and more on Mike Smith . 26, 2008, Smith was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and in his debut the next night made 24 saves in a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild . Smith blanked the New York Rangers 3-0 on March 15, 2008, to earn a shutout with two teams in his On April 3, 2012, Smith made 54 saves in a 2 - 0 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"I could honestly care less about the shutout. It's just a bonus, but I'm more celebrating because that's the only time I can in a game."

Elias Lindholm scored twice for his 14th goal and 15th goals of the season. The Swede has 32 points in 29 games in his first season as a Flame.

His career season-high is 17 goals for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2014-15.

Johnny Gaudreau and Calgary captain Mark Giordano assisted on both Lindholm goals Thursday.

"We find ways to score. It's good for us and good for the team," Lindholm said. "Smitty made some huge saves for us at key moments so I have to thank him for this one."

Calgary topped the Pacific Division at 18-9-2 and improved to 13-2 this season when scoring the first goal of the game. The Flames are at home to the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

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Publicado em 10 Out 2017. Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund both scored goals to help power Mike Smith 's 43-save shutout as the Flames beat the Ducks, 2 - 0 . I don't know Mike Smith 's reaction times look a few seconds too slow this shut out was a fluke.

Smith stopped all 28 shots he faced and rookie Mark Jankowski scored twice as the Calgary Flames blanked The shutout 's a bonus, but the way we beat them was a lot more rewarding for me." The Flames bounced back after opening their four-game homestand with a 4-1 loss to Toronto on Tuesday.

Minnesota (15-11-2) dropped to 1-2 on a road trip in which the Wild face five different Canadian teams in a row for the first time in franchise history. Minnesota is in Edmonton on Friday.

Wild starting goaltender Alex Stalock stopped 18 shots in the loss.

"I thought we were sloppy," Minnesota head coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Right from the get-go they had two really good chances in the first five minutes.

"I always think for the most part the effort was there, but a lot of our guys weren't handling the puck well. Alex played a really good game and kept us in there, especially at the beginning."

The Flames had rallied for a 9-6 win in Columbus on Tuesday when Calgary trailed the Blue Jackets 4-1 early in the second period.

Smith relieved David Rittich after one period and stopped 13 shots in the win in Columbus.

Smith held off Minnesota on a pair of power-play chances in the second period and another to end Thursday's game when the Wild had two attackers with an empty net.

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Smith , who has two shutouts this season and 32 in his NHL career, made 19 saves in the first period. Dvorak scored his fourth goal in the past three games to make it 5- 0 2 :12 into the third period when his cross-crease pass deflected off Flames defenseman TJ Brodie and past Elliott, who entered

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"He was good tonight," Boudreau said. "When he's on, he's really on. Everybody knows that. When he's off, he's really off."

Smith got his shoulder on a point-blank shot from Minnesota's Matt Dumba, the top-scoring defenceman in the NHL, during a second-period power-play for a key stop in the game.

"I think the guys have bailed me out a lot this year so I think it's nice to make some saves and contribute on the team's success," the 36-year-old veteran said.

Smith checked Wild leading goal scorer Zach Parise in the second period when the goalie came out of his net to play the puck.

"I wasn't trying to hit him, I was just trying to protect the puck," Smith said. "They teach you that in minor hockey, to turn your back and get your big butt out."

Dumba steamrolled Calgary centre Mikael Backlund in the final minute of the game. Flames forward Ryan Lomberg went after Dumba, which resulted in a Calgary penalty.

"I think it's showing no respect for the player and for the game," Lindholm said of the Dumba check. "They're down two nothing and there's 40 seconds left and I thought he left his feet a little."

Lindholm scored at 1:13 of the third period and 50 seconds into the second. Minnesota won a first-period challenge of a Lindholm goal that was ruled offside.

Notes: With two assists, Giordano reached 407 career points and moved past Lanny McDonald into 11th on Calgary's all-time list . . . Flames forward Michael Frolik (lower body) and defenceman Michael Stone (blood clot) and Juusu Valimaki (lower body) were scratched from the Flames lineup.

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OTTAWA - Craig Anderson is not one to show his emotions, but you could hardly blame the Ottawa Senators goaltender for wanting to celebrate Thursday night. Anderson raised his arms and pumped his fists after stopping all 27 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season as the Ottawa Senators blanked the New York Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night. It was Anderson's 10th win of the season, his first shutout since Dec. 16 and 41st clean sheet of his career. "It's been a while for me," said Anderson.

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