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Special Teams Are Wild's Bugaboo In Loss

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

Mike Doyle - Managing Editor

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Special Teams Are Wild's Bugaboo In Loss
Minnesota Wild 1, Pittsburgh Penguins 4
In a game ragged with penalties, special teams were the difference as the Pittsburgh Penguins handed the Wild its first loss of the preseason.

On the strength of three power play goals in the second period, the Pens eventually downed the Wild 4-1.

After a scoreless first period, things got lively after Eric Tangradi ran Matt Cullen into the boards midway through the second frame. Marco Scandella dropped the gloves with Tangradi in defense of his teammate and was given plethora of penalties, and the Pens were given a man advantage.

On the ensuing power play, Joseph Morrow broke the scoreless tie at the 10:34 mark of the second period with assists going to Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin. On the same PP, Pascal Dupuis added to the lead and Malkin added another assist on the play.

Due to the odd-man action, Niklas Backstrom was busy making 22 saves on 26 shots duing the game. 

The power play is typically the last thing to click at the start of the year, and for the first time in this young season, the Wild showed a chink in the armor going 0-9. The Pens scored all its goals on the PP going 4-6.

Brian Strait scored on the man advantage at the 13:50 mark in the second and Malkin added the fourth Penguins power play goal in the third period.

Eric Nystrom responded with an even strength goal two minutes after the Malkin goal, but it wasn’t quite enough to rally a comeback. Breaking in on an odd man rush, Nystrom beat Penguins' goaltender Brad Thessen for his first preseason tally. Assisting on the play were Cullen and Colton Gillies

The Wild will look to get back in the win column against the St. Louis Blues at 7p.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Excel Energy Center.
scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
10:34
PIT
PPG - Joe Morrow (1) Slapshot - ASST: Kris Letang (1), Evgeni Malkin (1)
1 - 0 PIT
11:52
PIT
PPG - Pascal Dupuis (1) Slapshot - ASST: Evgeni Malkin (2)
2 - 0 PIT
13:50
PIT
PPG - Brian Strait (1) Slapshot - ASST: Joe Vitale (1)
3 - 0 PIT
3rd Period
05:01
PIT
PPG - Evgeni Malkin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Kris Letang (2), Joe Morrow (1)
4 - 0 PIT
07:23
MIN
Eric Nystrom (1) Slapshot - ASST: Jarod Palmer (1), Colton Gillies (1)
4 - 1 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
07:44
MIN
Carson McMillan  Too many men/ice - bench  - 2 min
07:44
PIT
Richard Park  Tripping  - 2 min against  Carson McMillan
08:21
PIT
Chris Kunitz  Tripping  - 2 min against  Matt Cullen
11:10
PIT
Matt Cooke  Boarding  - 2 min against  Jed Ortmeyer
14:09
PIT
Richard Park  Holding  - 2 min against  Carson McMillan
16:51
MIN
Warren Peters  Interference  - 2 min against  Colin McDonald
2nd Period
05:36
PIT
Steve MacIntyre  Boarding  - 2 min against  Pierre-Marc Bouchard
06:32
PIT
Pascal Dupuis  Slashing  - 2 min against  Guillaume Latendresse
09:27
MIN
Warren Peters  Tripping  - 2 min against  Kris Letang
10:02
MIN
Marco Scandella  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min
10:02
PIT
Eric Tangradi  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Marco Scandella
10:02
MIN
Marco Scandella served by Jon Disalvatore  Instigator  - 2 min against  Eric Tangradi
10:02
MIN
Marco Scandella  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Eric Tangradi
10:02
MIN
Marco Scandella served by Jon Disalvatore  Instigator - face shield  - 2 min against  Eric Tangradi
13:44
PIT
Kris Letang  Diving  - 2 min
13:44
MIN
Justin Falk  Tripping  - 2 min against  Kris Letang
15:58
PIT
Nick Johnson  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min against  Colton Gillies
16:10
PIT
Brian Strait  Slashing  - 2 min against  Guillaume Latendresse
3rd Period
01:18
MIN
Jed Ortmeyer  Tripping  - 2 min against  Evgeni Malkin
04:57
MIN
Warren Peters  Boarding  - 2 min against  Ryan Craig
08:21
PIT
Matt Cooke  Tripping  - 2 min against  Jordan Hendry
13:24
PIT
Richard Park  Hooking  - 2 min against  Marco Scandella
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 26TOI: 59:53
GA: 4SV%: .846
Brad Thiessen
Brad Thiessen
SA: 17TOI: 60:00
GA: 1SV%: .941
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