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Wild open crucial homestand with a win

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The Minnesota Wild opened their five game home stand with a big 4-2 victory over Calgary Friday night.

The win for the Wild helped them clear some more space in the Western Conference playoff race, as the Flames came into the contest four points behind the Wild.

Calgary scored first as Josh Jooris lit the lamp just under six minutes into the contest, but Calgary's offense would flame out after that.

And the Wild answered, Matt Dumba's power play goal midway through the first evened the score at one.

The contest stayed knotted at one until the third. Thomas Vanek's 20th goal of the season put the Wild on top.

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Mikko Koivu added an insurance goal to put the Wild up 3-1, and then Zach Parise put the game away after stealing a puck and taking it in on the breakaway.

Devan Dubnyk turned away 23 of the 25 shots he faced and the Wild picked up the victory.

The Wild host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center.

Scoring Summary

1st period: 5:52 CGY – Josh Jooris (12) Wrist shot – Assist: Matt Stajan (8), Joe Colborne (19) 1-0 CGY

1st period: 10:28 MIN PPG – Matt Dumba (8) Wrist shot – Assist: Mikael Granlund (27), Jared Spurgeon (14) 1-1 Tie

3rd period: 3:36 MIN – Thomas Vanek (20) Backhand shot – Assist: Justin Fontaine (20), Charlie Coyle (24) 2-1 MIN

3rd period: 6:59 MIN – Mikko Koivu (12) Tip-in – Assist: Chris Stewart (18), Jonas Brodin (14) 3-1 MIN

3rd period: 11:46 MIN – Zach Parise (30) Wrist shot – Assist: None 4-1 MIN

3rd period: 15:17 CGY – Markus Granlund (6) Tip-in – Assist: Mason Raymond (9), Paul Byron (13) 4-2 MIN

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