NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Minnesota |
(Saturday, November 19th)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Nashville 2
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Kurtis Foster scored his first two NHL goals
and Manny Fernandez made 30 saves, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the
Nashville Predators, 4-2, at the Xcel Energy Center.
"On that first goal I didn't know what to think," Foster said. "I thought
Mikko (Koivu) tipped it at first but he come up to me and said, 'It was all
you, it was all you.' I tried not to smile too big for the guys."
Stephane Veilleux and Brian Rolston tallied scores while Koivu had three
assists for Minnesota, which snapped a three-game losing streak.
Paul Kariya and Marek Zidlicky scored goals and Tomas Vokoun stopped 24-of-28
shots for the Predators, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
"We've been playing solid hockey and getting good goaltending and solid
defense play," Nashville center Greg Johnson said. "It's always key for us
that if we play well defensively we have a chance and we have so far."
Minnesota got on the scoreboard 1:55 into the first period after Foster beat
Vokoun with a wrist shot from the low right circle.
The Wild extended their lead to 2-0 midway through the first period after
Veilleux deflected a shot from Filip Kuba past Vokoun.
Nashville pulled back within one with 5:50 left in the first after Kariya beat
Fernandez over his right shoulder with a wrist shot from down low to make it
Minnesota went ahead by two goals after Foster scored on a wrist shot from the
top of the right circle with 6:56 left in the second.
The Predators held a man advantage and closed within 3-2 with 7:20 left in the
contest. Zidlicky beat Vokoun over his left shoulder with a wrist shot from
below the left circle.
But the Wild sealed the win on the power play with just under five minutes to
play when Rolston dug the puck out from under Vokoun and shoveled a backhand
into the open net to push Minnesota's lead to 4-2.
Kariya has two goals and five assists over his last four games...The Predators
are 0-4-2 in their last six trips to St. Paul...Nashville, which finished 2-
for-7 on the power play, has scored 10 of its last 13 goals with the man
advantage...Minnesota has allowed only 13 goals in 119 short-handed situations
so far this season...The Wild were 1-for-5 with the extra skater...Minnesota
had been shut out in its last two meetings with Nashville.
11/19 23:23:17 ET