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 2-1.
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