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First-period surge leads Wild past Sabres

Oct 2, 2008 - 2:53 AM By Anthony Maggio PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- Antti Miettinen, Owen Nolan and defenseman Brent Burns scored first-period goals to lead the Minnesota Wild past the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in Wednesday's preseason game.

Miettinen's even-strength goal 5:23 into the first got the Wild on the scoreboard, while Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Eric Belanger set up Nolan's power-play tally 7:11 later. Burns scored a shorthanded goal less than two minutes afterward to help Minnesota improve to 4-1-0 in preseason action.

Goaltender Josh Harding evened his preseason record at 1-1-0 but left the game at 7:38 of the third period after teammate Martin Skoula hit him in the face with his stick while fighting for a puck in front of the net. Harding exited the game after stopping 25 of 26 shots.

Buffalo's Daniel Paille scored 5:36 into the second and defenseman Andrej Sekera notched a power-play goal against Niklas Backstrom with one second left in the game.

The Wild's scoring balance was a welcome sign for a club trying to replace Pavol Demitra, Brian Rolston and Mark Parrish, who were three of their top five goal-scorers in 2007-08.

Burns and Bouchard both returned from injuries to play for the first time this preseason.

Ryan Miller, who started a career-high 75 games for the Sabres last season, turned away 21 shots.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 0 1 1 2
    MINNESOTA 3 0 0 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - ANTTI MIETTINEN 1 (JAMES SHEPPARD, STEPHANE VEILLEUX)
    5:23
    MIN - (PP) OWEN NOLAN 1 (PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD, ERIC
    BELANGER) 11:34
    MIN - (SH) BRENT BURNS 1 (UNASSISTED) 13:32
    2ND PRD: BUF - DANIEL PAILLE 1 (TONI L

    Oct 1 10:32 PM


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    BUFFALO 2
    MINNESOTA 3
    3RD PRD: BUF - (PP) ANDREJ SEKERA 1 (ALES KOTALIK) 19:59

    Sabres 2, Wild 3  3rd - 0:01Oct 1 10:30 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 0 1 1
    MINNESOTA 3 0 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - ANTTI MIETTINEN 1 (JAMES SHEPPARD, STEPHANE VEILLEUX)
    5:23
    MIN - (PP) OWEN NOLAN 1 (PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD, ERIC
    BELANGER) 11:34
    MIN - (SH) BRENT BURNS 1 (UNASSISTED) 13:32
    2ND PRD: BUF - DANIEL PAI

    Oct 1 9:34 PM


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    BUFFALO 1
    MINNESOTA 3
    2ND PRD: BUF - DANIEL PAILLE 1 (TONI LYDMAN) 14:24

    Sabres 1, Wild 3  2nd - 5:36Oct 1 9:26 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    BUFFALO 0 0
    MINNESOTA 3 3 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - ANTTI MIETTINEN 1 (JAMES SHEPPARD, STEPHANE VEILLEUX)
    5:23
    MIN - (PP) OWEN NOLAN 1 (PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD, ERIC
    BELANGER) 11:34
    MIN - (SH) BRENT BURNS 1 (UNASSISTED) 13:32
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST

    Oct 1 8:44 PM


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    BUFFALO 0
    MINNESOTA 3
    1ST PRD: MIN - (SH) BRENT BURNS 1 (UNASSISTED) 13:32

    Sabres 0, Wild 3  1st - 6:28Oct 1 8:34 PM


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    BUFFALO 0
    MINNESOTA 2
    1ST PRD: MIN - (PP) OWEN NOLAN 1 (PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD, ERIC BELANGER)
    11:34

    Sabres 0, Wild 2  1st - 8:26Oct 1 8:31 PM


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    BUFFALO 0
    MINNESOTA 1
    1ST PRD: MIN - ANTTI MIETTINEN 1 (JAMES SHEPPARD, STEPHANE VEILLEUX)
    12:10

    Sabres 0, Wild 1  1st - 7:50Oct 1 8:21 PM
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