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Rate The Calgary Flames @ Minnesota Wild

Zach Parise's 1st period hat trick puts Flames in a hole early and they could not recover.

Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

The Flames got off to a slow start allowing Zach Parise to record a 1st period natural hat trick and spoiling the return of Niklas Backstrom to Minnesota.

Parise's third goal came on a power play after T.J. Brodie was called for a bad hooking penalty, and the Wild added insurance after a bad Delay of Game penalty by Brandon Bollig.

On a positive note, Johnny Gaudreau scored, again, and Jakub Nakladal scored with a rocket from the point.