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Nashville
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49-25-8
Minnesota
Wild
38-36-8

32 SOG
28 SOG
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game recap

Wild 4, Predators, 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Wild 4, Predators, 2
Nashville Predators 2, Minnesota Wild 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Wild honored the late Sergei Zholtok with an emotional pregame program Saturday night.

Zholtok's 16-year-old son, Edgar, was presented with a framed jersey his father wore for the Wild from 2001-04 - when he had 110 points in 210 games as a right wing and became one of the team's leaders and most popular players.

Zholtok died last year at 31 in former teammate Darby Hendrickson's arms while playing for a team in his native Latvia, when his heart failed near the end of a game in Belarus during the NHL lockout. Zholtok had missed seven games in January 2003, while with the Wild, because of an irregular heartbeat.

Edgar Zholtok wiped away tears, and Wild captain Filip Kuba put his arm around him. The boy dropped the ceremonial first puck after a video highlighting Zholtok's life was shown on the scoreboard.

Former Minnesota defenseman Brad Bombardir conducted the traditional ``Let's Play Hockey'' chant, encouraging fans to be loud enough ``so Sergei can hear.''

Zholtok also played in the NHL for Boston, Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton, totaling 111 goals and 147 assists. He finished the 2003-04 in Nashville after a trade that March. The Predators played the Wild on Saturday night, and both teams wore ``SZ'' stickers on their helmets. There also was a display of commemorative Zholtok memorabilia near one of the gates at Xcel Energy Center.

Zholtok, one of only three Latvians to play in the NHL, had a career-best 26 goals for the Canadiens in 1999-00 and was a member of the Latvian team that won the silver medal in the 1994 world championships. While many NHL players skip the worlds each spring, Zholtok regularly suited up for his home country - where he was a celebrity.

Zholtok also is survived by wife Anna and 5-year-old son Nikita.

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scoring summary
1st Period
01:55
MIN
Kurtis Foster (1) ASST: Brian Rolston (6), Mikko Koivu (1)
1 - 0 MIN
10:44
MIN
Stephane Veilleux (2) ASST: Filip Kuba (5), Matt Foy (3)
2 - 0 MIN
14:10
NSH
PPG - Paul Kariya (7) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (5), Kimmo Timonen (12)
2 - 1 MIN
2nd Period
13:04
MIN
Kurtis Foster (2) ASST: Mikko Koivu (2), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (11)
3 - 1 MIN
3rd Period
12:40
NSH
PPG - Marek Zidlicky (4) ASST: Dan Hamhuis (8), Adam Hall (3)
3 - 2 MIN
15:27
MIN
PPG - Brian Rolston (9) ASST: Filip Kuba (6), Mikko Koivu (3)
4 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
04:03
MIN
Matt Foy  Holding
12:31
MIN
Matt Foy  Too many men/ice - bench
15:50
MIN
Todd White  Hooking against  Martin Erat
19:13
NSH
Tomas Vokoun  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
2nd Period
02:14
MIN
Matt Foy  Hi-sticking against  Tomas Vokoun
02:14
NSH
Ryan Suter  Roughing against  Matt Foy
04:44
MIN
Alexandre Daigle  Too many men/ice - bench
08:08
NSH
Darcy Hordichuk  Roughing against  Pascal Dupuis
18:12
MIN
Randy Robitaille  Interference against  Tomas Vokoun
3rd Period
05:49
NSH
Kimmo Timonen  Hooking against  Matt Foy
10:37
MIN
Daniel Tjarnqvist  Hooking against  Paul Kariya
12:07
MIN
Wes Walz  Cross checking against  Ryan Suter
15:02
NSH
Ryan Suter  Hooking against  Pascal Dupuis
19:58
MIN
Willie Mitchell  Slashing against  Scott Hartnell
19:58
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Boarding against  Willie Mitchell
19:58
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Willie Mitchell
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 2PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Manny Fernandez
Manny Fernandez
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .938SH: 0 - 0

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