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Heatley, Kuemper lead Wild past Predators, 4-0

January 13, 2014
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dany Heatley had a goal and an assist, Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves for his first career shutout, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Nashville Predators 4-0 on Sunday night.

Jason Zucker and Matt Cooke also scored for Minnesota, which has won five of six.

Kuemper made five saves in the first, nine in the second, and nine in the third. The rookie’s best save came with 2:17 left in the third period when he denied former Wild forward Matt Cullen from just outside of the crease on the right side.

The Predators have lost three in a row and six of their last seven.

Heatley scored the game’s first goal with 7:57 left in the first period when he redirected Charlie Coyle’s shot past Nashville goalie Marek Mazanec.

Zucker doubled the lead just 2:12 later with his third of the season. Heatley skated down the right side with Zucker on a 2-on-1. He sent a pass to Zucker on the left side, where he had an easy tap-in.

Coyle, who had the secondary assist on Zucker’s goal, scored twice in Minnesota’s home loss to Colorado on Saturday night, giving him a four-point weekend.

At 1:14 of the third, Cooke took a nice feed from Justin Fontaine and beat an out-of-position Mazanec for his sixth goal of the season, and his first since Dec. 5.

Scandella scored with 9:44 remaining with a wrist shot from above the left faceoff circle.

NOTES: Eight of the 12 defensemen who played in the game were Nashville draft picks, all six Predators plus Minnesota’s Ryan Suter and Jonathon Blum. ... Nashville RW Patric Hornqvist returned to the lineup after missing two games with a lower-body injury. ... Minnesota is 2-4-1 in the second half of back-to-back games this season. Wild D Nino Niederreiter has eight points in his last eight games.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.



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