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Unbeaten Wild keep Lightning winless

Oct 19, 2008 - 5:29 AM TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- New coach Barry Melrose still is searching for his first victory behind the Tampa Bay Lightning's bench.

Antti Miettinen scored the lone goal in the second round of the shootout as the Minnesota Wild kept the Lightning winless with a 1-0 victory on Saturday.

Miettinen, who had scored five goals through the club's first three games, beat goaltender Mike Smith with a backhander to give the Wild the edge. Niklas Backstrom stopped all three attempts he faced to drop the Lightning to 0-2-3 under Melrose, who had spent the past 13 seasons working as a hockey analyst for ESPN.

"Just have to believe that we're going to be rewarded for what we've done," Melrose said. "The chances we had, the penalty-killing, the power plays, they've just got to believe that if we keep doing that, we're going to win a lot of games. We're just being tested, and we've got to pass the test."

Jussi Jokinen and Vincent Lecavalier had their shots stopped in the shootout and, after Miettinen put Minnesota in front, top overall pick Steven Stamkos' backhander was denied, ending the game.

Backstrom finished with 32 saves, including 13 in the first period, for his 10th career shutout.

"You feel confident when he's in net," Miettinen said. "I'm really happy we got the win. It's well-deserved."

Smith stopped 21 shots for Tampa Bay, recording the seventh blanking of his career.

Despite outshooting the Wild throughout the contest, the Lightning lost their fifth straight one-goal contest. Tampa Bay began the day as one of two winless teams in the league, with the Philadelphia Flyers (0-3-2) being the other.

"We'll take all the positive stuff out of this and keep it rolling," Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger said. "We played hard for 60 minutes, and that's something we haven't been doing. We need to score some goals. We're getting opportunities, we're going to score."

The last time the Lightning were winless through their first five games was the 1998-99 campaign, when they began 0-4-1.

"We've played two solid games right now. We've just got to keep doing it and, eventually, we'll be rewarded," Melrose said. "We were hitting guys tonight, finishing checks. We were winning the battles down behind their net and our net. It's contagious. All of the sudden, everyone's starting to do it. If you were to tell me we weren't able to score, I would have said you're nuts."

The win gave Minnesota its fourth straight 4-0-0 start.

"The guys worked hard, I gotta give them that," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "Not a great win. We'll have to play better."

The St. Pete Times Forum was far from capacity as most of the city likely had its attention on Game Six of the American League Championship Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox.






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    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 0 (0) 0 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: NONE
    OT: NONE
    SO: T.B - JUSSI JOKINEN (MISSED), VINCENT LECAVALIER (MISSED),
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    MIN - MIKKO KOIVU (MISSED), ANTTI MIETTIN

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    MINNESOTA 0 0 0 0 0
    TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 0 0 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: NONE
    OT: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
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    3RD PRD: NONE
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    GOAL SCORING:
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