National Hockey League

Three-goal third period helps Wild beat Calgary and push winning streak to five games

CALGARY, ALBERTA – Winger Matt Read may not be with the Wild for long, since he was recalled from the minors under emergency conditions, but he’s making the most of the opportunity while he has it.

Penciled in because winger Zach Parise was unable to play after blocking a shot with his foot Tuesday in a win over the Winnipeg Jets, Read converted 4 minutes, 13 seconds into the third to break a 1-1 tie.

After goalie Mike Smith got tied up behind the net, the puck bounced out in front where Read got a piece off it to nudge it off Calgary center Mark Jankowski’s skate and into the empty goal.

On the heels of a pregame ceremony that retired former Flames captain Jarome Iginla’s No.12 by lifting it to the rafters, the Wild siphoned the energy out of a building that was previously pulsating with emotion by opening the scoring.

While he was gone, the Wild couldn’t convert on the prolonged man advantage – managing just two shots before a Kevin Fiala holding penalty negated the final 1:37.

And just as that abbreviated power play expired, the Flames tied it at 1 when center Sean Monahan directed in a pass from winger Johnny Gaudreau at 9:08.

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