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Predators try to regroup from tough season-opening loss

Oct 7, 2006 - 3:41 PM Nashville (0-1-0) at Minnesota (1-0-0) 8:00 pm EDT

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- The Nashville Predators jumped on the Chicago Blackhawks early in their season opener on Thursday, but it was all downhill after that.

The Predators will try to rebound from a tough loss when they take on the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

Nashville scored twice in the first five minutes against the Blackhawks but eventually dropped an 8-6 decision. David Legwand led the Predators with two goals and an assist while Steve Sullivan and Kimmo Timonen each added a goal and an assist.

Goaltender Tomas Vokoun was shaky in stopping only 25 of 32 shots for the Predators, who went 1-for-9 on the power play.

The Wild opened their season with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. Todd White scored the game-winner at 1:13 of the extra session off a feed from Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Kurtis Foster.

Netminder Manny Fernandez turned aside 29 of 31 shots for the Wild, who went scoreless in three power-play attempts.

Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist while Pavol Demitra had two assists for Minnesota, which outshot Colorado, 33-31.

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