ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Eric Belanger scored twice Wednesday in helping Minnesota halt a four-game skid with a 4-1 victory over Calgary.
Niklas Backstrom gave up the game's first goal just 94 seconds into the opening period, but blanked the Flames the rest of the way to halt their five-game winning streak.
Belanger's first goal tied it on the power play in the opening stanza and Kyle Brodziak gave Minnesota the lead 4:38 into the second. Belanger added a backhander for his 11th goal of the season with 8:37 to go in the second
Cal Cutterbuck finished the scoring midway through the third.
Backstrom wound up with 25 saves and the loss went to Miikka Kiprusoff, who gave up all four goals on 35 shots.
Minnesota has beaten Calgary three straight times after losing 10 of their previous 11 meetings.