Wild beats Flames 2-1: Martin Havlat is finally on the board
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The Minnesota Wild defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 at Xcel Energy Center on Friday night.
And Martin Havlat is on the board.
With just over 15 minutes left in the third period, Matt Cullen delivered a crisp pass through traffic on a breakaway to Havlat, who finished the deed to give the Wild a one-goal lead they would not relinquish.
The goal -- Havlat's first of the season, and also his first since March 29 -- gives the Wild a 7-1-0 record against Calgary in its last eight meetings.
For Havlat, who scored 18 goals last season and 29 goals with the Blackhawks two seasons ago, the breakout comes as no surprise. He has more goals in his career against the Flames (12) than against any opponent.
That said, the timing is also somewhat interesting, because it comes just one week after Havlat's agent, Allan Walsh, expressed frustration to the Star Tribune that he client was being used in a "purely secondary role."
Walsh went on to say, "It's like we are in a time warp and the coach has totally ignored or chooses to ignore what Marty has done offensively over the course of his entire career. People say the Wild don't have a star player. The Wild have a dynamic offensive player right under their nose and yet choose not to use him to their advantage. Look around the league, what other team has a player like Marty Havlat wilting on the vine like this?"
Maybe Friday night's tally will help spark Havlat.