Belanger scores twice, Wild beat Flames 4-1

Published 8:19 am Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Minnesota Wild felt good about their previous two performances, but had nothing to show for them.

They got a much-needed two points Wednesday night.

Eric Belanger scored twice and Minnesota beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 to end a four-game losing streak.

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Kyle Brodziak and Cal Clutterbuck also scored, and Niklas Backstrom made 25 saves for Minnesota. The Wild allowed at least four goals in each game of the streak, including losses to division leaders New Jersey and Chicago.

“Even with the result of the last two games I felt we played pretty good. We didn’t get the wins, but there were some positives,” Belanger said. “You look at the standings and you don’t move up, but you’re doing some good things, and you’re going to get rewarded sooner or later.”

Unlike their 4-1 loss in Chicago on Tuesday night, the Wild took advantage of its offensive chances, gave up few quality chances, scored on the power play and killed off both short-handed situations. Minnesota outshot Calgary 35-26.

“All four lines were going and all six defensemen were playing well,” Minnesota coach Todd Richards said. “The third period was pretty easy just rolling in the lines.”

Olli Jokinen scored for Calgary, which lost for the first time in six games. They allowed one goal in each game in their five-game winning streak.