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
"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