ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Martin Havlat
's first goal of the season put Minnesota in front 4:20 into the third period Friday and the Wild held on to defeat Calgary 2-1.
Niklas Backstrom allowed only a first-period goal to Cal Clutterbuck and made 33 saves, helping Minnesota conclude what will be its longest homestand of the season with a 3-1-1 record.
Calgary lost its fourth game in a row.
Rene Bourque scored his seventh of the season on the power play midway through the first to put Minnesota in front. After Clutterbuck scored, the teams played almost 30 minutes before Havlat slipped a wrist shot under the right arm of Miikka Kiprusoff.
Kiprusoff stopped 21-of-23 shots and has lost his last seven games against Minnesota.
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