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Wild 6, Hurricanes 3

Slow start puts Canes behind eight ball early

Riley Nash in front of the Wild net on Saturday night
Riley Nash in front of the Wild net on Saturday night
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((This is a brief recap because I lost power for a bit tonight and did not see the game past the opening period.))

The Minnesota Wild jumped on their opponents quickly, opened up a 3-0 lead in the first period and went on to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, 6-3 on Saturday night at the Xcel Arena.

Thomas Vanek scored just 1:15 into the game to set the tone as the Carolina defense allowed plenty of time and space throughout much of the first period.  Anton Khudobin would probably like to forget this game as there was no mercy pulling by Bill Peters.  The former Wild goalie allowed five goals on 23 shots in the contest.

Andrej Nestrasil scored fhe first goal for the visitors with just 11 seconds left in the first period to give the Canes some hope going into the first intermission, but the Wild would make it 4-1 just a couple of minutes into the second period.

Jeff Skinner then scored his second goal in as many games and Elias Lindholm tipped a Justin Faulk shot to complete Carolina's scoring.

Early in the third period the Wild upped the score to 5-3 and then finished off with an empty netter.

The Canes will travel to Ottawa to play the Sens on Monday night.

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