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Calgary hands Wild first shutout loss of the season


CALGARY, Alberta — Mike Smith pumped his fist at the final buzzer, letting himself enjoy another shutout.


Smith made 31 saves, Elias Lindholm scored twice and the Calgary Flames beat the Minnesota Wild 2-0 on Thursday night.


He 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.


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


Smith held off Minnesota on a pair of power-play chances in the second period and another to end the game after the Wild pulled Stalock for an extra attacker.


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.






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