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game recap

Wild 6, Predators 5

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:19 AM

Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -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 Thomas 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."

Notes: 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.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:41
NSH
Mikko Lehtonen (1) Slapshot - ASST: J-P Dumont (1), Ryan Suter (3)
1 - 0 NSH
03:59
NSH
SHG - Steve Sullivan (2) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 NSH
06:54
MIN
PPG - Pavol Demitra (1) Snap shot - ASST: Marian Gaborik (2), Brian Rolston (1)
2 - 1 NSH
09:01
MIN
PPG - Marian Gaborik (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Kurtis Foster (2)
2 - 2 Tie
10:05
NSH
PPG - Scott Hartnell (1) Snap shot - ASST: J-P Dumont (2), David Legwand (2)
3 - 2 NSH
2nd Period
14:55
MIN
PPG - Mark Parrish (1) Tip-in - ASST: Kim Johnsson (1)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
01:53
MIN
PPG - Mikko Koivu (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (2), Brian Rolston (2)
4 - 3 MIN
05:21
NSH
Marek Zidlicky (1) Slapshot - ASST: Jason Arnott (1), Steve Sullivan (2)
4 - 4 Tie
08:01
MIN
PPG - Todd White (2) Tip-in - ASST: Petteri Nummelin (1), Pavol Demitra (3)
5 - 4 MIN
10:34
NSH
PPG - Martin Erat (1) Wrap-around - ASST: Steve Sullivan (3)
5 - 5 Tie
18:49
MIN
Brian Rolston (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (3), Kurtis Foster (3)
6 - 5 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
03:17
NSH
Paul Kariya  Delay of game
05:54
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Interference against  Branko Radivojevic
08:24
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Tripping against  Pierre-Marc Bouchard
09:39
MIN
Pascal Dupuis  Hooking against  Dan Hamhuis
11:11
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard  Hooking against  Martin Erat
18:09
MIN
Kim Johnsson  Interference against  J-P Dumont
2nd Period
08:24
MIN
Derek Boogaard  Cross checking against  Marek Zidlicky
10:12
MIN
Marian Gaborik  Hooking against  Paul Kariya
12:57
NSH
Tomas Vokoun  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
17:22
NSH
Jason Arnott  Holding against  Pavol Demitra
18:57
NSH
Scott Nichol  Hooking against  Mikko Koivu
3rd Period
01:44
NSH
Ryan Suter  Interference against  Stephane Veilleux
06:33
NSH
Martin Erat  Slashing against  Pascal Dupuis
09:12
MIN
Brian Rolston  Cross checking against  Ryan Suter
11:55
MIN
Kurtis Foster  Tripping against  Paul Kariya
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 34TOI: 58:44
Saves: 28EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 2PP: 6 - 11
SV%: .824SH: 1 - 1
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 19TOI: 39:53
Saves: 17EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .895SH: 0 - 0
Emmanuel Fernandez
SA: 11TOI: 20:00
Saves: 8EV: 3 - 4
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .727SH: 1 - 2
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