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40-34-8
Minnesota
Wild
40-33-9

26 SOG
22 SOG
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NSH
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game recap

Predators 2, Wild 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 2, Wild 0
Nashville Predators 2, Minnesota Wild 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Dan Ellis made 22 saves for a shutout in his first start in nearly three weeks, leading the Nashville Predators to a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

Jason Arnott and David Legwand scored to help the Predators win their fourth straight and fifth in six games since the All-Star break. Nashville's last four-game winning streak was Feb. 24-March 3, 2007.

The Wild lost for the first time in three games.

Ellis, who started the season as Nashville's top goalie, had not played since being pulled in his last start Jan. 17 after allowing three goals on his first four shots. Pekka Rinne started the last six games, and has emerged as the No. 1 goalie.

Ellis, 0-4 with a 4.54 goals-against average and an .837 save percentage in his previous five starts, was fortunate early to earn his third shutout of the season.

Leading By Example

The Preds captains have been integral in the team's post-All-Star Break success. Those wearing the “C” or “A” have accounted for eight of the team's 16 goals since the All-Star Break – helping the team to a 5-1-0 record to move up to 10th place in the Western Conference standings, just two points out of the conference's final two playoff spots.

Their contributions were on full display in tonight's game. Captain Jason Arnott scored the game-winning goal tonight, assisted by Alternate Captain J.P. Dumont, while fellow Alternate Captain David Legwand scored the insurance goal 1:02 into the third period.

Arnott has shouldered the largest portion of the load, netting four goals in the six games since the break, including goals in each of the last three games. Dumont has added three goals since the Break, the most notable being the game-winning goal at Vancouver, the come-from-behind win that provided the Preds the momentum for their current spurt. Legwand earned the “A” last night against Anaheim and has promptly found his way on the score sheet in back-to-back games, assisting on the game's opening goal last night vs. Anaheim before scoring the second goal tonight.

--Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com

Mikko Koivu just missed the net from in front, and Marek Zidlicky tipped a cross-ice pass wide, both in the opening minute. Ellis rebounded from a collision with Shea Weber to scramble back to stop James Sheppard less than 5 minutes later.

Minnesota, which was blanked 1-0 by Rinne in Nashville on Dec. 6, provided little firepower thereafter, going shotless for the final half of the opening period, and managing just five second-period shots. The Wild's first third-period shot came in the eighth minute.

Ellis' best save was sliding across the crease to stop Cal Clutterbuck on a 2-on-1 with 4:25 to play.

Arnott scored midway through the second period.

Staying below the goal line, J.P. Dumont skated out of the right corner and fed Arnott, whose one-timer from edge of the slot beat Niklas Backstrom on the far side. Three defenders were standing around Arnott, who scored in the third straight game.

The goal came 30 seconds after the Predators killed off a 1:36 two-man disadvantage, where Nashville defenders limited the Wild to just one shot in the 5-on-3 situation and one other playing 5-on-4.

Nashville killed off four short-handed situations, and was perfect on the penalty kill for the 12th time in 13 games.

Legwand scored early in the third, with his wrist shot deflecting off Backstrom and trickling into the net.

Notes: Minnesota RW Owen Nolan missed his second straight game because of upper-body muscle spasms. The team said he could return Sunday against Edmonton. ... Minnesota's Jacques Lemaire coached his 1,100th regular-season game. ... Nashville RW Wade Belak missed his third straight game because of a shoulder injury. ... The Predators annual Dads' Trip began Friday and continues Sunday in Dallas.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
12:15
NSH
Jason Arnott (19) ASST: J-P Dumont (27)
1 - 0 NSH
3rd Period
01:02
NSH
David Legwand (12) ASST: Antti Pihlstrom (4)
2 - 0 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
14:09
NSH
Ryan Suter  Hi-sticking against  James Sheppard
15:01
MIN
Marek Zidlicky  Slashing against  Martin Erat
15:01
NSH
Martin Erat  Slashing against  Marek Zidlicky
2nd Period
02:17
MIN
Derek Boogaard  Interference against  Vernon Fiddler
09:21
NSH
Ryan Suter  Cross checking against  James Sheppard
09:45
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
14:53
MIN
Colton Gillies  Boarding against  Dan Hamhuis
17:40
MIN
Eric Belanger  Holding the stick against  Jerred Smithson
17:40
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Hooking against  Eric Belanger
3rd Period
02:37
NSH
Kevin Klein  Interference against  Cal Clutterbuck
20:00
NSH
Jason Arnott  Hi-sticking against  Cal Clutterbuck
20:00
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jason Arnott
goalie stats
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
11-16-3
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
25-17-2
SA: 26TOI: 58:55
Saves: 24EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .923SH: 1 - 1

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