Minnesota Sports Briefs: Wild rally to beat CalgaryMinnesota Sports
- Zach Parise scored a power-play goal 27 seconds into overtime to cap a late Minnesota rally that lifted the Wild to a 2-1 triumph over the Calgary Flames at the XCel Energy Center.
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Zach Parise scored a power-play goal 27 seconds into overtime to cap a late Minnesota rally that lifted the Wild to a 2-1 triumph over the Calgary Flames at the XCel Energy Center.
The Wild trailed 1-0 until Jason Zucker found the back of the net with 4:19 remaining in regulation, while Niklas Backstrom stopped 20-of-21 shots to help Minnesota avenge a 3-1 loss to the Flames in Calgary on Saturday.
Alex Tanguay potted the lone goal for the Flames, who were seeking their first three-game win streak of the season, with Joey MacDonald coming up with 28 saves in defeat. Minnesota finally broke through with just over four minutes left to play courtesy of Zucker. The rookie skated to the net in time to re-direct a centering pass from Devin Setoguchi past MacDonald for his second career NHL marker.The Wild then took advantage of a delay of game penalty called on Flames defenseman Mark Giordano for covering the puck with 43 seconds remaining in regulation. On the resulting 4-on-3 in overtime, Parise -- who had a goal waved off in the first period -- backhanded Mikko Koivu's feed from the right circle into the net to complete the comeback. Backstrom did his part as well by making several key saves, including a shorthanded breakaway attempt on Matt Stajan with 15 1/2 minutes left to keep it a one-goal differential. Minnesota's penalty-killing unit also came up big earlier in the contest by successfully fighting off a five-minute major to Charlie Coyle for elbowing Stajan in the second period.
Marcin Gortat scored 14 points, including the game-tying layup at the end of regulation to lead the Phoenix Suns to an 84-83 overtime win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday in Phoenix. Wesley Johnson scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds and Markieff Morris added 14 points and six rebounds for the Suns, who had dropped three straight entering the contest. Derrick Williams scored 21 points to go with 12 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic added 18 points and 12 boards for the Timberwolves, losers in three straight.
Joe Benson and Eddie Rosario each belted two- run homers to help power the Minnesota Twins to an 8-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Rosario added a single in his two at-bats, while Justin Morneau and Aaron Hicks each went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Minnesota.
Twins starter Mike Pelfrey struggled in his spring debut, with the offseason pickup tagged for three runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings of work. Ryan Pressly and Blake Wood combined for 3 1/3 scoreless frames in relief of the right-hander. Adam Lind reached Pelfrey for a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, with Andy LaRoche delivering a solo shot later on for the Blue Jays. Both LaRoche and Rajai Davis finished 2-for-3 with an RBI in the loss. Toronto's Ricky Romero made his first start of the spring and served up Benson's homer while tossing 1 2/3 innings.