Series (Game 1 of 1)
Series starts 2/29
(20-27-4, 57 pts)
(21-25-2, 61 pts)
8:00 PM ET, February 29, 2004
Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
R. Francis (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1
A. Zyuzin (Wild - D): Goals: 2, Assists: 0
A. Brunette (Wild - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Wild hope to
avoid a fourth straight defeat when they host the Carolina
Hurricanes on Sunday at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Wild, who are playing their only home contest in an
eight-game stretch, are coming off a 3-1 loss at Dallas on
Friday, their third setback in a row.
Andrew Burnette staked Minnesota to a 1-0 lead early in the
second period but the Wild gave up three straight goals and
went 0-for-3 on the power play.
Minnesota is 0-for-17 with the man advantages over the last
four contests, including 0-for-15 on its skid.
Carolina had won the first two contests of a four-game road
trip before coming up short at Montreal in overtime on
Kevin Weekes made 31 saves, many of them spectacular, for the
Hurricanes, but he gave up the winning goal to Mike Ribeiro with
82 seconds left in the extra session.
Carolina could not get any of its 18 shots past Jose Theodore.
This is the only matchup between the teams this campaign. The
squads split their two meetings last season, with each winning