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Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Minnesota Wild 4 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Minnesota Wild 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Minnesota Wild 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild spoiled Marc-Andre Fleury's return to the NHL with a four-goal third period.

Antti Laaksonen, Filip Kuba, Alexandre Daigle and Andrew Brunette scored in a 5:20 span, including three straight goals that went through Fleury's legs, in the Wild's 4-2 victory Friday night.

Fleury, the No. 1 overall draft pick last year, made his first start since playing for Canada in the world junior championships.

"I tried to play the same all game and it just didn't work out for us in the third," Fleury said.

The 19-year-old goalie held the Wild scoreless until the 8:33 mark of the third period, when Brunette poked in a rebound to bring Minnesota to 2-1.

"You always need something -- a big hit, a fight, a little luck," Daigle said. "That was almost a lucky one, and that's what we needed."

Daigle beat Fleury on a breakaway with eight minutes left, and Kuba repeated the feat just 30 seconds later to give the Wild the lead. Laaksonen then broke in alone and trickled the puck through Fleury's pads with 6:07 to complete the fastest four-goal spree in Wild history.

"We didn't want to lose at home, especially like this," Laaksonen said. "It's hard to play when you have so much pressure on you. It's good to get that first goal. That helped us a lot."

The Penguins scored late in each of the first two periods to take a 2-0 lead into the third.

Tom Kostopoulos opened the scoring with a wrist shot over goalie Dwayne Roloson's glove in the first period, and Ryan Malone scored on a power play in the second.

"It's one of those nights where we played probably as well as we could for 50 minutes," Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk said. "Our guys gave everything they had, and they started to pick us apart and took advantage of their opportunities."

scoring summary
1st Period
17:19
PIT
Tom Kostopoulos (6) ASST: Tomas Surovy (6), Dick Tarnstrom (16)
1 - 0 PIT
2nd Period
18:17
PIT
PPG - Ryan Malone (11) ASST: Drake Berehowsky (10), Dick Tarnstrom (17)
2 - 0 PIT
3rd Period
08:33
MIN
Andrew Brunette (9) ASST: Willie Mitchell (9), Richard Park (10)
2 - 1 PIT
12:00
MIN
Alexandre Daigle (10) ASST: Eric Chouinard (1), Nick Schultz (7)
2 - 2 Tie
12:30
MIN
Filip Kuba (5) ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (11), Kyle Wanvig (1)
3 - 2 MIN
13:53
MIN
Antti Laaksonen (8) ASST: Jim Dowd (17)
4 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
05:08
MIN
Jim Dowd  Interference against  Tomas Surovy
08:29
PIT
Martin Strbak  Holding the stick against  Jason Wiemer
17:52
PIT
Marc Bergevin  Holding against  Andrew Brunette
2nd Period
04:01
PIT
Josef Melichar  Cross checking against  Matt Johnson
07:05
MIN
Dwayne Roloson  Delay of game
10:34
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Slashing
17:38
MIN
Kyle Wanvig  Cross checking against  Konstantin Koltsov
3rd Period
01:15
MIN
Jim Dowd  Hooking
02:54
PIT
Ryan Malone  Hooking - Obstruction against  Richard Park
12:49
MIN
Andrew Brunette  Hi-sticking against  Brooks Orpik
12:49
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Hi-sticking against  Andrew Brunette
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 25TOI: 58:47
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .840SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 2PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .917SH: 1 - 1