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
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
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.
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