CALGARY, Alberta -- If it had been a playoff game, it might have gone on forever.
Instead, Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu ended it in a shootout as the Minnesota Wild gutted out a 2-1 shootout victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night in a game that seemed likely to end in a tie from the moment the puck dropped.
Flames goaltender Leland Irving, who was making a third consecutive start for injured Miikka Kiprusoff (knee), and Wild starter Niklas Backstrom were solid through 60 minutes of regulation and a five-minute overtime, although neither was tested often.
Backstrom was the better man in the shootout, allowing a goal to Jiri Hudler on a nifty deke but also stopping Blair Jones and Alex Tanguay to silence the crowd at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Parise and Koivu both made moves to their forehand to beat Irving in the shootout.
On Minnesota's first goal at 18:22 of the second period, Flames captain Jarome Iginla was guilty of a costly turnover. After Iginla's clearing attempt hit a skate, Wild center Devin Setoguchi grabbed the loose puck and set up linemate Kyle Brodziak, who stepped around Irving and scored his first goal of the season.
The Flames (3-4-3) tied it 1:28 into the third period when Jiri Hudler called his own number on a two-on-one with fellow Czech forward Roman Cervenka, zipping a shot through Backstrom's five-hole.
Hudler is averaging better than a point per game after missing the first three games of the season to mourn the death of his father.
Irving kicked aside 23 shots for the Flames. Backstrom finished with 23 stops and also benefited from the iron, with point shots from Mark Giordano and Dennis Wideman ringing off the post.
With Minnesota's victory, the Washington Capitals are the only NHL team still seeking their first road win since the lockout was resolved.
The Wild (6-5-1) are right back at it for Tuesday night's road game against the Vancouver Canucks. The Flames have a night off before playing host to the Dallas Stars on Wednesday.
NOTES: Koivu appeared in his 500th NHL game. ... The Flames added a goaltender to the equation prior to the game, claiming 33-year-old Joey MacDonald off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings. ... A hat trick of Wild rookies -- defenseman Jonas Brodin (Sweden) and forwards Charlie Coyle (United States) and Mikael Granlund -- were making their first trip to the Scotiabank Saddledome since the 2012 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, which was split between Calgary and Edmonton. ... Flames rookie winger Sven Baertschi, who missed a sixth consecutive game with a hip flexor injury, joined his teammates for Monday's morning skate. Michael Cammalleri (hip flexor) was also on the ice but was moved to injured reserve, retroactive to last Tuesday. Cammalleri is eligible to be activated for Wednesday's game against Dallas. ... Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon missed a ninth straight with a foot injury. The good news is Spurgeon is on Minnesota's two-game trip, which continues Tuesday in Vancouver.