Smith has 31 saves, Lindholm scores 2 as Flames top Wild 2-0
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mike Smith made 31 saves, Elias Lindholm scored twice and the Calgary Flames beat the Minnesota Wild 2-0 on Thursday night.
Smith got his second shutout of the season and has won his past five games, including a victory in relief of David Rittich on Tuesday when Calgary rallied from 4-1 down to beat Columbus 9-6.
Lindholm got his 14th and 15th goals of the season and has 32 points in 29 games. His career high is 17 goals, reached with Carolina in 2014-15.
Johnny Gaudreau and captain Mark Giordano assisted on both goals.
Alex Stalock stopped 18 shots for the Wild.
Minnesota dropped to 1-2 on its trip to five Canadian cities, a first for the franchise.
Smith held off Minnesota on a pair of power-play chances in the second period and another to end the game.
Lindholm made it 2-0 at 1:13 of the third period when Gaudreau took a stretch pass from Giordano and dished the puck to him alone at the faceoff circle.
Minnesota won a first-period challenge of Lindholm’s goal that was ruled offside, but Lindholm scored 50 seconds into the second frame on a 2-on-1 with Gaudreau.
The Flames improved to 13-2 this season when they score the first goal and are 3-0 in December.
NOTES: With two assists, Giordano reached 407 career points and moved past Lanny McDonald into 11th on Calgary’s career list. … Flames forward Michael Frolik (lower body) and defenseman Michael Stone (blood clot) and Juusu Valimaki (lower body) were scratched from the Flames lineup.
Minnesota: At Edmonton on Friday.
Calgary: Hosts Nashville on Saturday.
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