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Rolston provides offense as Wild edge Sabres

Sep 25, 2007 - 3:41 AM GRAND FORKS, North Dakota (Ticker) -- Brian Rolston provided the offense and goaltender Josh Harding had 25 saves as the Minnesota Wild posted a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in a preseason contest Monday night.

Rolston scored both goals for the Wild, who were outshot, 26-22, but still managed to pick up the victory.

Minnesota's leading scorer last season, Rolston netted the game-winning tally just 3:14 into the third period to snap a 1-1 tie. After Pierre-Marc Bouchard won a faceoff, Eric Belanger fed Rolston from the corner for the goal.

The 6-2, 210-pound right wing also scored on the power play early in the second period to start the scoring.

But the game was saved by some stellar play by Harding, who made a nifty save on the breakaway by Michael Ryan with five minutes left in the game and also stopped a rush of four shots by the Sabres in the final minutes.

Phillip Gogulla scored his team's lone goal and Jocelyn Thibault had 20 saves for Buffalo, which converted just 1-of-6 on power-play opportunities.








  • AT GRAND FORKS ND
    NHL FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 0 1 0 1
    MINNESOTA 0 1 1 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: MIN - (PP) BRIAN ROLSTON 2 (BENOIT POULIOT) 0:35
    BUF - (PP) PHILIPPE GOGULLA 1 (MAREK ZAGRAPAN, JAROSLAV
    SPACEK) 14:43
    3RD PRD: MIN - BRIAN ROLSTON 3 (PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD, ERIC BELA

    Sep 24 10:25 PM


  • AT GRAND FORKS ND
    NHL BUFFALO 1
    MINNESOTA 2
    3RD PRD: MIN - BRIAN ROLSTON 3 (PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD, ERIC BELANGER)
    3:14

    Sabres vs. WildSep 24 9:55 PM


  • AT GRAND FORKS ND
    NHL END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 0 1 1
    MINNESOTA 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: MIN - (PP) BRIAN ROLSTON 2 (BENOIT POULIOT) 0:35
    BUF - (PP) PHILIPPE GOGULLA 1 (MAREK ZAGRAPAN, JAROSLAV
    SPACEK) 14:43
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --

    Sep 24 9:31 PM


  • AT GRAND FORKS ND
    NHL BUFFALO 1
    MINNESOTA 1
    2ND PRD: BUF - (PP) PHILIPPE GOGULLA 1 (MAREK ZAGRAPAN, JAROSLAV
    SPACEK) 14:43

    Sabres vs. WildSep 24 9:23 PM


  • AT GRAND FORKS ND
    NHL BUFFALO 0
    MINNESOTA 1
    2ND PRD: MIN - (PP) BRIAN ROLSTON 2 (BENOIT POULIOT) 0:35

    Sabres vs. WildSep 24 9:00 PM


  • AT GRAND FORKS ND
    NHL END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 0 0
    MINNESOTA 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUF 6 6
    MIN 6 6
    GOALIES: BUF - JOCELYN THIBAULT
    MIN - JOSH HARDING

    Sep 24 8:39 PM
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    Sabres vs. WildSep 24 11:07 AM