Nashville at Minnesota

Minnesota records five power-play goals to rally past Nashville


ST. PAUL, Minn. -- They don't play the offense-friendly NHL All-Star game in October, but for a few of the Nashville Predators, it's starting to feel that way.

The Predators have surrendered 14 goals in their first two games and are 0-2-0 after their 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

"We've got 11 goals in the two games and don't have a point to show for it. That's bothersome," Predators coach Barry Trotz said.

Coupled with Thursday's 8-6 loss to Chicago, his team set a franchise record for most goals allowed in consecutive games.

"We lost the special teams war again," Trotz said.

Brian Rolston scored the winning goal with 1:11 remaining and Minnesota tied a team record with five power-play goals, improving to 2-0-0 for the first time in franchise history. Rolston capped off a 2-on-1 break, taking a pass from Pierre-Marc Bouchard and snapping a shot past Tomas Vokoun's glove.

"Butchie made a great pass to me," said Rolston, who led the Wild with 46 points last season. "The defeseman had pretty good position on us, so it was a perfect pass. The goalie kind of got a piece of it with his glove, but it squeaked through."

Pavol Demitra, Marian Gaborik, Mikko Koivu, Todd White and Mark Parrish, a Minnesota native who signed with the Wild as a free agent during the offseason, had power-play goals for Minnesota.

"Tonight we could see two good power plays," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire after his team scored on five of eight power plays. "With all of the penalties they're giving, if you've got a good power play you have a chance to win some games."

Steve Sullivan had a goal and two assists for Nashville, which led 2-0 early in the first. Mikko Lehtonen added his first NHL goal, and Scott Hartnell, Marek Zidlicky and Martin Erat also scored for the Predators.

Minnesota starter Manny Fernandez had eight saves in the opening period, and was pulled in favor of rookie Niklas Backstrom during the first intermission. Backstrom, playing in his first NHL game, had 17 saves in the final 40 minutes.

"That was like an All-Star game," said Vokoun, who made 28 saves for the Predators. "You can't win like that in this league. That should never happen. I don't know the answers. It's two horrible games."


  • Minnesota Twins stars Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer received a standing ovation from the crowd when they were shown on the video screens in the second period.
  • Sullivan, who scored Nashville's first short-handed goal of the season on Saturday, led the Predators with four short-handed goals last season.
  • Fernandez was last pulled from a game he started on Jan. 30 of last season, when he was yanked after allowing four first-period goals against Detroit.
  • Wild defenseman Keith Carney, who missed the team's opener because of back spasms, was in the lineup on Saturday.
  • Predators forward Paul Kariya, who played college hockey at Maine, addressed his alma mater's current team Friday before Maine beat Minnesota 3-1 in St. Paul.
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Minnesota center Todd White pumps his fist after scoring a goal in the third period.  (AP)
Minnesota center Todd White pumps his fist after scoring a goal in the third period. (AP)
Nashville (0-2-0)3025
Minnesota  (2-0-0) «2136
Three Stars
P. Demitra

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
S. Sullivan

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
B. Rolston

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
01:41Mikko Lehtonen, Slap Shot - Assists: J.P. Dumont, Ryan Suter
03:59Short - Steve Sullivan (2), Backhand Shot - Unassisted.
06:54Power Play - Pavol Demitra, Wrist Shot - Assists: Marian Gaborik, Brian Rolston
09:01Power Play - Marian Gaborik (2), Wrist Shot - Assist: Kurtis Foster
10:05Power Play - Scott Hartnell, Wrist Shot - Assists: J.P. Dumont, David Legwand
14:55Power Play - Mark Parrish, Tip-In - Assist: Kim Johnsson
01:53Power Play - Mikko Koivu, Wrist Shot - Assists: Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Brian Rolston
05:21Marek Zidlicky, Wrist Shot - Assists: Jason Arnott, Steve Sullivan
08:01Power Play - Todd White (2), Wrist Shot - Assists: Petteri Nummelin, Pavol Demitra
10:34Power Play - Martin Erat, Wrap Shot - Assist: Steve Sullivan
18:49Brian Rolston, Wrist Shot - Assists: Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Kurtis Foster
Penalty Summary
03:17Kariya: Delay of Game - 2 min.
05:54Hamhuis: Interference - 2 min.
08:24Hartnell: Tripping - 2 min.
09:39Dupuis: Hooking - 2 min.
11:11Bouchard: Hooking - 2 min.
18:09Johnsson: Interference - 2 min.
08:24Boogaard: Cross Check - 2 min.
10:12Gaborik: Hooking - 2 min.
12:57Vokoun: Delaying Game - 2 min.
17:22Arnott: Holding - 2 min.
18:57Nichol: Hooking - 2 min.
01:44Suter: Interference - 2 min.
06:33Erat: Slashing - 2 min.
09:12Rolston: Cross Check - 2 min.
11:55Foster: Tripping - 2 min.
Nashville11613 30
Minnesota121210 34
Tomas Vokoun58:44286
Niklas Backstrom39:53172
Manny Fernandez20:0083
Attendance - 18568
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Mike Leggo, Dean Warren
Line Judges - Lonnie Cameron, Darren Gibbs
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