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NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Pittsburgh

(Wednesday, November 19th)

Final Score: Minnesota 6, Pittsburgh 2

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Antti Laaksonen scored twice in the first period and Marian Gaborik added a penalty shot goal, as the Minnesota Wild supplied all the power Mellon Arena would need in a 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sergei Zholtok, Alexandre Daigle and Pascal Dupuis also scored for the Wild, who cruised to the win after an electrical outage halted play with 31.9 seconds to go in the first period, right after Minnesota took a 3-0 lead on Laaksonen's second goal.

Dwayne Roloson stopped 38-of-40 shots between the pipes, as Minnesota won for the sixth time in 10 games (6-2-2) and notched a season-high for goals.

Tom Kostopoulos and Ryan Malone scored for the Penguins, who lost their second straight contest, and for the sixth time in seven games.

This year's No. 1 overall draft choice, Marc-Andre Fleury, returned in net for the Penguins after sitting the prior two contests. He stopped just 6-of-9 shots he faced before Sebastien Caron came on in relief after the outage. Caron blocked 16-of-19 shots.

Minnesota tallied first at the 8:03 mark of the opening period. Andrew Brunette found Jim Dowd at the right face-off dot, and he hammered a shot that hit off the side of the net. Laaksonen was there to stuff the rebound into the crease, where it ricocheted off defenseman Patrick Boileau and into the net.

With just over one minute to go in the first, the Wild took a two-goal advantage on a goal by Zholtok. He accepted a pass in the slot from Pierre- Marc Bouchard at the left circle and put it past Fleury.

Just 37 seconds later, Laaksonen scored his second goal of the night just before the power outage interrupted play. Brunette found Laaksonen on the right doorstep, and he ripped a shot by Fleury.

The teams adjourned to their locker rooms while electricity was restored, and completed the first period just prior to playing the second. Caron was in net for the Penguins when play resumed.

Gaborik put the Wild up by four with a penalty shot in the second period. With 5:44 remaining, Gaborik got dragged down from behind by Steve McKenna on a breakaway, earning the free look. He cruised straight in on Caron and beat him through the five-hole with a forehand wrist shot.

Pittsburgh finally got on the board with just over 16 minutes remaining in the game. Kostopoulos scored his first of the season with a blast from the slot.

Daigle scored the Wild's fifth goal at the 9:27 mark of the third. Jason Wiemer shoveled a puck out of the defensive zone to Daigle, who was streaking toward Caron unimpeded. Daigle easily deked Caron and beat him to the stickside with a wrister.

Pittsburgh got its final goal from Malone, who skated down on the right side, stretched out in front after making a move shortside and slid the puck past Roloson.

Dupuis scored with 4:29 to play when a turnover in the Pittsburgh zone went to Wiemer, who quickly moved it to Gaborik in the slot. Gaborik aimed a touch- pass over to Dupuis on the right doorstep, and he didn't miss.

Game Notes

According to arena management, the main circuit breaker was tripped, causing the power outage...Fleury has allowed 20 goals in his last four starts...Pittsburgh is now 2-4-2 at home and will visit New Jersey on Friday. The Wild are 4-4-1 on the road and visit Philadelphia on Thursday to finish their current road trip...The Wild are 3-1-1 in the all-time series between the clubs...Gaborik is 1-for-2 on penalty shots in his career.

11/19 22:32:45 ET

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