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game recap

Wild 6, Predators 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:24 AM

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -The Minnesota Wild made the Nashville Predators' stellar penalty-killers look pretty average.

Mikko Koivu scored two goals and added an assist and Minnesota scored five times on power plays in a 6-2 victory over Nashville on Saturday night.

The Predators entered with the NHL's best home penalty-killing percentage at 89.5, but they couldn't stop the Wild when they had an advantage.

Minnesota set a franchise record for power-play goals in a road game.

"We got beaten by a very good team with a very good power play," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We took way too many penalties, and those compounded our problems."

Andrew Brunette had a goal and two assists for the Wild, and Antti Miettinen recorded three assists. Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Owen Nolan and Craig Weller also scored for Minnesota.

Jason Arnott and David Legwand scored for Nashville.

The Wild have defeated Nashville in seven of nine meetings.

Minnesota jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on first-period, power-play goals by Bouchard and Brunette.

With the Wild on a 5-on-3 advantage, Bouchard started the scoring at 6:56. His slap shot from the right faceoff dot beat goalie Dan Ellis high to the glove side.

"When you go into the box as many times as we did against one of the best power plays in the league, you expect to give that team a little life," Ellis said. "With the 5-on-3s, and all the good players on their team, they have a good track record of putting it in the net."

Brunette doubled the lead 35 seconds later with his team-leading fourth power-play goal of the season.

"You start the game, you get the power play, you get two goals, and everyone feels good as long as you keep playing the same way," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said. "We're doing really good things with the puck."

Owen Nolan's power-play tally at 4:09 of the second extended the Wild's lead to 3-0. After going without a goal for eight games, the 36-year-old Nolan has scored in three straight.

Koivu scored the only even-strength goal for Minnesota.

"The key for us was playing as a team for the whole 60 minutes," Koivu said. "We kept it kind of tight and got a big win for us,"

Josh Harding, in his second start of the season, made 25 saves for his first win.

"At the beginning I was a little shaky and obviously nervous," Harding said. "When I am called upon as a backup goalie, it's my job to try to give the team a chance to win, and tonight I think I definitely did that."

Ellis fell to 8-10-2.

Notes: Minnesota went 8-5 in November, a franchise record for wins in the month. ... Wild C James Sheppard played in his 100th NHL game. ... Harding's victory was his first since Feb. 10. ... Arnott has four goals in four games.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:56
MIN
PPG - Pierre-Marc Bouchard (3) Slapshot - ASST: Antti Miettinen (11), Marek Zidlicky (7)
1 - 0 MIN
07:31
MIN
PPG - Andrew Brunette (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikko Koivu (16), Antti Miettinen (12)
2 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
04:09
MIN
PPG - Owen Nolan (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Antti Miettinen (13), Kim Johnsson (7)
3 - 0 MIN
09:41
NSH
Jason Arnott (12) Snap shot - ASST: J-P Dumont (18), Martin Erat (10)
3 - 1 MIN
15:00
MIN
Mikko Koivu (7) Tip-in - ASST: Andrew Brunette (6), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (5)
4 - 1 MIN
3rd Period
06:58
NSH
PPG - David Legwand (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Ville Koistinen (3)
4 - 2 MIN
14:24
MIN
PPG - Mikko Koivu (8) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
5 - 2 MIN
17:02
MIN
PPG - Craig Weller (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrew Brunette (7), Benoit Pouliot (3)
6 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
02:43
MIN
Marek Zidlicky  Hooking against  J-P Dumont
06:41
MIN
Craig Weller  Fighting (maj) against  Shea Weber
06:41
NSH
Shea Weber  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Weller
06:41
NSH
Shea Weber  Roughing against  Craig Weller
06:41
NSH
Ryan Suter  Unsportsmanlike conduct
12:14
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Interference on goalkeeper against  Josh Harding
12:14
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Roughing against  Kim Johnsson
2nd Period
02:28
NSH
Martin Erat  Tripping against  Stephane Veilleux
06:50
MIN
Stephane Veilleux  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Nichol
06:50
NSH
Scott Nichol  Fighting (maj) against  Stephane Veilleux
06:53
MIN
Derek Boogaard  Fighting (maj) against  Wade Belak
06:53
NSH
Wade Belak  Fighting (maj) against  Derek Boogaard
06:56
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Weller
06:56
MIN
Craig Weller  Fighting (maj) against  Jordin Tootoo
3rd Period
01:39
MIN
Benoit Pouliot  Slashing against  Ryan Suter
05:01
MIN
Benoit Pouliot  Hooking against  Jordin Tootoo
05:54
NSH
Radek Bonk  Hooking against  James Sheppard
06:53
MIN
Marek Zidlicky  Interference against  Ryan Suter
09:58
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Slashing against  Owen Nolan
09:58
MIN
Owen Nolan  Slashing against  Jerred Smithson
12:10
NSH
Joel Ward  Hi stick - double minor against  Marc-Andre Bergeron
14:24
NSH
Scott Nichol  Hooking against  Owen Nolan
15:13
NSH
Shea Weber  Boarding against  James Sheppard
18:44
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Elbowing against  Pierre-Marc Bouchard
19:38
NSH
Greg Zanon  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Josh Harding
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .926SH: 1 - 1
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
8-10-2
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 13
SV%: .793SH: 0 - 0