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Updated: September 24th, 2011 4:46pm
Penguins get four power-play goals, hand Wild first preseason loss

Penguins get four power-play goals, hand Wild first preseason loss

by Judd Zulgad
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The Pittsburgh Penguins got power play goals from four different players en route to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday afternoon at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

The loss was the first in the preseason for the Wild, who beat Edmonton, St. Louis and Columbus in their first three exhibition games.

After a scoreless first period, the Penguins took a 1-0 lead at 10 minutes, 34 seconds of the second period when Joseph Morrow beat Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom on a slapshot.

Pascal Dupuis and Brian Strait also added goals in the middle period.

The Penguins got their final goal at 5:01 of the third period when Evgeni Malkin scored on a wrist shot. Malkin also had two assists.

The Wild finally got on the board at 7:23 on Eric Nystrom's goal. Jarod Palmer and Colton Gillies got the assists.

Backstrom stopped 22 of 26 shots he faced. The Wild was held to 17 shots on Pittsburgh goalie Brad Thiessen.

The Wild's top line of Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi did not play after accounting for three of the Wild's four goals on Friday in an overtime victory against the Blue Jackets.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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