Fleury, the No. 1 overall draft pick last year, made his first
start since playing for Canada in the world junior championships.
"I tried to play the same all game and it just didn't work out
for us in the third," Fleury said.
The 19-year-old goalie held the Wild scoreless until the 8:33
mark of the third period, when Brunette poked in a rebound to bring
Minnesota to 2-1.
"You always need something -- a big hit, a fight, a little
luck," Daigle said. "That was almost a lucky one, and that's what
Daigle beat Fleury on a breakaway with eight minutes left, and
Kuba repeated the feat just 30 seconds later to give the Wild the
lead. Laaksonen then broke in alone and trickled the puck through
Fleury's pads with 6:07 to complete the fastest four-goal spree in
"We didn't want to lose at home, especially like this,"
Laaksonen said. "It's hard to play when you have so much pressure
on you. It's good to get that first goal. That helped us a lot."
The Penguins scored late in each of the first two periods to
take a 2-0 lead into the third.
"It's one of those nights where we played probably as well as
we could for 50 minutes," Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk said. "Our
guys gave everything they had, and they started to pick us apart
and took advantage of their opportunities."
Minnesota is the only NHL team that has not won or lost an
overtime game. The Wild lead the NHL with 13 ties. ... Minnesota D
Zbynek Michalek, recalled from Houston of the AHL on Thursday, saw
his first NHL action Friday night. ... Pittsburgh G Jean-Sebastien
Aubin, 2-3-0 with a 2.28 goals-against average during Fleury's
absence, was scratched.
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Arena: Xcel Energy Center Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Mike Leggo, Ian Walsh Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Brian Mach
Attendance: 18,568 (102.8% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Tom Kostopoulos (6)
Assists: Tomas Surovy, Dick Tarnstrom
Ryan Malone (10)
(Power Play) Assists: Drake Berehowsky, Dick Tarnstrom
Andrew Brunette (8)
Assists: Willie Mitchell, Richard Park
Alexandre Daigle (9)
Assists: Eric Chouinard, Nick Schultz
Filip Kuba (5)
Assists: Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Kyle Wanvig
Antti Laaksonen (8)
Assists: Jim Dowd, Matic Kralj