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Eric Staal helps Wild defeat Hurricanes

Center scores decisive goal in first game against former team

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Center Eric Staal scored the game-winning goal playing his former team in the Minnesota Wild's 3-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes in a preseason game at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday. 

Staal gave the Wild a 2-1 lead at 9:45 of the third period. He had an assist on Charlie Coyle's goal 50 seconds into the second and finished plus-2 in 14:05 of ice time. 

Forward Jason Zucker scored and Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu each had an assist for Minnesota. 

Forward Derek Ryan scored and defenseman Jaccob Slavin had an assist for the Hurricanes. 

Minnesota outshot Carolina 38-17.

Staal, who signed a three-year contract with the Wild on July 1, played parts of 13 seasons with the Hurricanes before being traded last season to the New York Rangers on Feb. 28. He won the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006 and had been captain since 2010.

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