Flames 3, Wild 1
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ First-round draft pick Chuck Kobasew scored two goals Tuesday night and the Calgary Flames opened their NHL exhibition season with a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
Selected 14th overall by the Flames last June, the speedy left wing tied the game 1-1 with a backhander from an awkward angle 5:27 into second period.
After Jarome Iginla put the Flames ahead four minutes later on a long wrist shot, Kobesaw added an insurance goal in the third period, converting a pass from Marc Savard on a power play.
Wild goaltender Jamie McLennan finished with 32 saves.
Minnesota (1-1-0) opened the scoring late in the first period when free-agent acquisition Andrew Brunette scored for the second consecutive game.
Brunette, who signed a three-year, $3.8 million contract during the summer, circled out from behind the net and lifted a backhander over goaltender Roman Turek’s shoulder.
Prior to the game, both teams lined up at center ice for a moment of silence in recognition of the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
The Flames announced the signing of free agent left wing Craig Berube. The 35-year-old, who was with Calgary from 1991 to ’93, spent last season with the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders, picking up three assists and recording 72 penalty minutes in 60 games.