NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Minnesota |
(Thursday, January 26th)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Nashville 1
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Manny Fernandez stopped 32 of the 33 shots he
faced to lead the Minnesota Wild past the Nashville Predators, 5-1, at Xcel
Alexandre Daigle and Stephane Veilleux each had a goal and an assist for the
Wild, who are on a franchise-best five-game winning streak.
Greg Johnson notched the lone goal for the Predators, who had a three-game
winning streak snapped. Chris Mason made 22 saves in the loss.
The Wild got on the board first with a lucky break. Marc Chouinard snapped a
wrister from the right circle that was going well wide of the net, but the
puck hit Veilleux in the back of the leg and went into the net almost halfway
through the first period.
Daigle made it a 2-0 game on a nice individual effort. He had the puck along
the left point, stickhandled past a Nashville player and from the low slot
flicked a wrister that beat Mason over the glove with 3:32 left in the first
Nashville got one back after Johnson forced a turnover in his own zone,
skated the puck down the ice and snapped a wrister from the right circle that
beat Fernandez for a shorthanded marker 4:56 into the second.
The Predators had a golden opportunity to tie the game up when two Wild
players were called for minors, giving Nashville a two-minute 5-on-3.
However, the Wild killed the penalty and shortly after that Pierre-Marc
Bouchard blasted a shot from the top right circle into the net to give the
Wild a 3-1 lead with 2:14 left until the second intermission.
"It's not just me," said Fernandez of the teams play. "That's confidence as a
group. Our penalty killing tonight was amazing. From the beginning to the end
we played as a team. We are playing our game. We are so hungry on the penalty
kill and we got the team where we want to be."
Minnesota iced the game with two goals separated by 43 seconds in the third
Brian Rolston snapped a wrister from the left circle that Mason made a save
on, however, Todd White poked in the rebound from in front of the net for his
13th goal of the season 6:13 in. Shortly after, Marian Gaborik snapped a one-
timer in the slot on a pass from Randy Robitaille to give the squad a 5-1
Nashville travels to Columbus for a game on Saturday...Minnesota next plays in
Columbus on Friday...Nashville is 3-2-2 in the last seven and 4-3-3 in the
last 10 meetings...The Predators Kimmo Timonen had a six-game point streak
stopped. He had two goals and six helpers during the run...Neither team scored
a power play goal in the game. Minnesota had five chances and Nashville had
eight opportunities...Rolston had two assists in the game.
01/27 02:11:58 ET