The revamped Wild signed Pavol Demitra, Mark Parrish and Kim
Johnsson in the offseason, hoping to add more offense to a
defensive-minded team. So far, things are working out, even though
it's only the preseason.
"When we were behind today, I didn't think nothing bad would
happen," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "I was very
Petteri Nummelin, a 33-year-old who played in the Swiss League
the last five years, also scored for Minnesota. Marian Gaborik and
Demitra added the Wild's other goals.
Minnesota scored three power-play goals in all.
"We've got so much talent on the power play," Demitra said.
"I'm looking forward to the season."
But there are still holes to fill. Lemaire continues to search
for a defensive presence on the Demitra-Gaborik line.
"I'm still a little worried about the defense (on that line),"
he said. "(Gaborik and Demitra) love to play deep in the offensive
zone. I don't want to change that. I want to find someone who will
play well defensively with them. I want them to play just like they
Demitra fed Gaborik in front of the net on Gaborik's
second-period goal, a sight Wild fans hope to see often this
"(The coach) has to decide who he wants to play with us,"
Demitra said. "Obviously, they're looking for somebody who can
play a little bit of defense and who can forecheck. A good skater,
obviously. You know, guys who will go to the net for us and get us
the puck in the corner."
St. Louis led 2-1 when Curtis Sanford replaced Manny Legace in
goal at 10:38 of the second period. Sanford allowed three goals on
five shots in the period, allowing Minnesota to grab a 4-2 lead
before the second intermission.
Minnesota outshot St. Louis 25-22 in the game and 20-10 in the
final two periods.
Tkachuk's goal came on a 5-on-3 power-play at 9:26 of the first,
one of three 5-on-3 advantages for the Blues in the opening period.
Josh Harding stopped 20 shots to get the win.<
^NOTES:@ The Wild reduced their training camp roster to 37 by
assigning left wing Danny Irmen, goalie Tony Quesada and defenseman
A.J. Thelen to training camp for the Houston Aeros of the AHL,
their primary development affiliate, and by assigning right wing
Cal Clutterbuck to their junior team, Oshawa in the OHL.<
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