STAR TRIBUNE'S THREE STARS
1. Joey MacDonald, Flames: Playing in place of injured Miikka Kiprusoff, he made 30 saves.
2. Niklas Backstrom, Wild: In his first regulation loss in five starts, he made 24 saves.
3. Matt Stajan, Flames: Scored the winning goal and an empty-netter.
BY THE NUMBERS
12 Games in assist drought ended by Pierre-Marc Bouchard.
1 First-period goal for the first time in nine games for the Wild. It was Charlie Coyle's first NHL goal.
9 First-round picks on the Wild's roster.
2 Goals from Zach Parise in the past 12 games.
1 Goal from Mikko Koivu in the past 11 games.
1 Goal from Dany Heatleyin the past 12 games.