Wild Defeat Lightning 4-1, Set to Return Home

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Game Wrap Up

(Sports Network) – John Madden scored the tie-breaking goal and Martin Havlat added three assists as Minnesota downed Tampa Bay, 4-1, at St. Pete Times Forum.

Cal Clutterbuck, Antti Miettinen and Eric Nystrom also tallied for the Wild, who ended a two-game slide in which they were outscored 7-2.

Niklas Backstrom turned away 37 shots to earn the win for the visitors, who evened their road record at 3-3-1.

Martin St. Louis recorded the only goal for the Lightning, who have lost three straight and six out of seven. Dan Ellis stopped 14 shots in defeat.

Tampa Bay announced Sunday that captain Vincent Lecavalier will undergo surgery on Monday to expedite the healing process of a non-displaced fracture in his right hand. Lecavalier, who suffered the injury during Thursday’s loss at Washington, is expected to be sidelined 3-to-4 weeks.

Clutterbuck started the scoring with a fluky power play goal 7:16 into the game. He came down the left side and his shot from the top of the circle was partially deflected by defenseman Mike Lundin. The puck caromed off the end boards toward the crease where it banked off the back of Ellis’s left leg and into the net.

St. Louis uncorked a slapshot that beat Backstrom to tie the game 11 1/2 minutes into the first period with the hosts on the power play. However, Minnesota needed just 84 seconds to regain the lead for good.

Havlat made a backhand pass from behind the net to Madden, who one-timed it past an unaware Ellis to put the Wild back on top, at 2-1, with just over seven minutes left in the stanza.

While on the power play, Andrew Brunette passed from behind the net to Miettinen, who one-timed a shot from between the circles to make it 3-1 with 30 ticks to go in the period.

Backstrom turned away nine shots in the middle session while Ellis stopped all seven he faced.

Nystrom added an empty net goal with 49 seconds to play to sew up the victory as Backstrom denied all 13 shots he encountered in the final 20 minutes.

Game Notes

The Wild went 2-for-3 on the power play to push their league-leading percentage to 29.4 (20-for-68)…Minnesota improved 7-4-1 when tallying at least once with the man-advantage…Backstrom improved to 4-0-1 in five starts versus Tampa Bay, which had entered the game going 210 minutes without yielding a power-play goal at home…Steven Stamkos picked up an assist on the lone Lightning goal to extend his points streak to five straight games, though his goal-scoring string ended at four. Stamkos also has notched at least a point in 12 of his last 13 contests.


Wild Win 4-1

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End of 2nd - Wild still lead 3-1

The Wild bucked a trend, played well in the 2nd period. Cal Clutterbuck has left the bench, likely injured. Some physical play and some after whistle fun this period. Should be a good third.


End of First Period, Wild up 3-1

Goals from Clutterbuck, Madden, and Miettinen. Backstrom looking solid.


Antti Miettinen extends the lead to 3-1

A crazy 1st period for the Wild. Miettinen pots the Wild’s third goal of the period after a cheap hit from behind from Mathias Ohlund on Andrew Brunette.


John Madden puts Wild back on top.

Absolutely disgustingly beautiful goal from John Madden off of a Martin Havlat pass.


Martin St. Louis ties game at 1

Lightning have tied it up at 1 with a blast from Martin St. Louis on the power play.


Clutterbuck scores. Wild up 1-0

Crazy goal from Cal Clutterbuck off of Dan Ellis’ leg.


Wild Look to Get Back to Winning Ways Against Lightning

(Sports Network) - After a superb first month of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning have fallen on hard times in November. The Bolts will try for just their second win this month when they host the Minnesota Wild today at St. Pete Times Forum.

The Lightning were 7-2-1 in October, but have just one victory in six games (1-4-1) this month. That one victory came in a 4-0 triumph over visiting Toronto on Tuesday, but the Lightning followed that up win with consecutive road losses on Thursday and Friday.

Tampa was dealt a 6-3 loss in Washington on Thursday and then dropped a 5-1 decision the next night in Pittsburgh. Pascal Dupuis, Sidney Crosby, and Maxime Talbot each registered a goal and an assist to lead the Penguins to the lopsided win at CONSOL Energy Center.

Steven Stamkos scored the lone goal for the Lightning, who managed just 16 shots on net and went 1-for-8 on the power play. Mike Smith turned aside 15- of-20 shots in the losing effort.

"Both teams didn't get too many shots," Stamkos said. "They just capitalized on their chances."

Friday's game was the first for Tampa without captain Vincent Lecavalier, who sustained a non-displaced fracture in his right hand in the loss to the Capitals. Lecavalier, who has three goals and six assists this season, is expected to miss the next three-to-four weeks of action.

Lightning forward Steve Downie has missed the last three games with a back injury, but is questionable for today's contest. Downie has two goals and six assists this season.

Tampa is 4-1-1 as the host this season and has won its last two games at the Forum. The Bolts will follow today's home test with a three-game road trip.

The Wild had won three straight to begin November, but enter tonight trying to shake a two-game skid. Minnesota was pounded, 5-1, in Atlanta on Thursday and then dropped a 2-1 decision the following night at Florida. Chris Higgins and Mike Santorelli scored to back 22 saves from Tomas Vokoun in the Panthers' 2-1 win over Minnesota.

Cal Clutterbuck netted the only goal for the Wild, while Jose Theodore stopped 25-of-27 shots in defeat.

"I just want to keep my team in the game and not give up that bad goal," said Theodore. "When they went up by two goals I just wanted to make sure they didn't get that third goal and give our team a chance."

Niklas Backstrom is expected to be back in net for the Wild this evening. He is 3-0-1 with a 1.68 goals-against average in four career starts against Tampa.

Minnesota is 2-3-1 as the visiting team this season and is completing a four- game road trip today. The Wild are traveling without forwards Guillaume Latendresse and Chuck Kobasew and defenseman Marek Zidlicky. All three players are currently sidelined with groin injuries.

Tampa Bay notched a shootout victory over a visiting Wild club in last year's only meeting. That victory ended a three-game winning streak in the series for Minnesota, which is 3-2-0 with a tie in six all-time trips to Tampa.

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