CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Jarome Iginla scored twice and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 23 shots for his second shutout of the season, leading the Calgary Flames to a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

Leading 1-0 after two periods, Iginla increased Calgary’s lead to 2-0 at 4:48 of the third as he tipped in rookie defenseman Dion Phaneuf’s wrist shot form the blue line out of the air.

Iginla sealed the victory with his seventh goal of the season, an empty-netter with 23 seconds remaining.

After a slow start, Iginla has goals in four straight games and points in seven straight (five goals, three assists).

Dion Phaneuf also scored for Calgary (5-7-2), which opened a four-game homestand and a stretch of 10 home games in its next 12. The Flames had lost four of its previous five.

Minnesota (6-5-2) began a four-game road trip with its fourth loss in its last five games (1-3-1).

Tested just a dozen times over the opening 40 minutes, Kiprusoff was much busier in the third period. He made 11 saves as three straight Calgary minors helped the Wild generate several scoring chances.

Phaneuf opened the scoring with 40 seconds left in the first period on a power-play. Roman Hamrlik’s pass back to the blue line was gathered in by Phaneuf who quickly directed a harmless looking low shot towards the net that ended up eluding Minnesota goalie Manny Fernandez.

It gave Calgary a lead after the first period for just the third time in 14 games.

The goal also marked the seventh straight game with a power-play score for the Flames who are 9-for-47 with the man advantage during that stretch. The recent improvement moved Calgary up to 27th on the power play entering Tuesday’s games after being mired in last place.

Notes: While Calgary got RW Darren McCarty back after missing four games with a sore neck, LW Chris Simon missed his second game due to a rib injury… Minnesota D Filip Kuba has taken over from D Alex Henry as captain for November in the Wild’s ongoing rotating captaincy… Calgary’s Jordan Leopold, who led Flames defensemen in scoring with 33 points in 2003-04, has been held without a point through the first 14 games… Calgary has yet to score more than three goals in a game.

AP-ES-11-02-05 0023EST

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