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Updated: April 3rd, 2012 10:56pm
Radulov, Predators snap Wild's three-game win streak in shootout

Radulov, Predators snap Wild's three-game win streak in shootout

by The Associated Press
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Alexander Radulov scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the Nashville Predators edged the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night to reach 100 points for the second time in three seasons.

The skinny

Backup goalie Anders Lindback started over Pekka Rinne, who was a healthy scratch to rest for the playoffs. Lindback stopped all three attempts in his first career shootout and 25 shots overall for his fourth win this season.

Gabriel Bourque also scored for Nashville, which took the season series 3-1 and won for the second time in three games overall.

Dany Heatley had the lone goal for the Wild, who came in 12th in the Western Conference. But the Wild, a team that should be jockeying for draft position, had won three straight and five of eight.

Radulov had waved his hand, calling for the puck, in the final seconds of overtime and never got the pass. Lindback, the NHL's tallest goalie at 6-foot-6, stopped Erik Christensen, Koivu and Devin Setoguchi in the shootout. Niklas Backstrom denied Martin Erat with a pad save, but Radulov slipped the puck under the goalie's right leg for the winning goal on his attempt.

It was a fitting end to a night in which both teams struggled with bouncing pucks on ice not helped by a warm spring in Nashville.

The Predators thought they had scored in the second when Nick Spaling passed the puck behind a drawn-out Backstrom, and Patric Hornqvist tried to knock it in. But Wild defenseman Marco Scandella went low, trying to protect the net, in what turned into a bit of a scrum. Wild forward Nick Johnson went into the net and let go of his stick to grab at something.

Officials reviewed the play for several minutes before announcing no goal.

Bourque put Nashville ahead 1-0 when Spaling took the puck away from Minnesota defenseman Clayton Stoner in the circle and sent a pass to Bourque, who scored his seventh this season on a wrister at 12:31 of the second.

Heatley tied it at 17:53 after Koivu corralled a puck that had just bounced off the crossbar and gave a pass to Nate Prosser. He slapped the puck toward the net, and Heatley tipped it under Lindback's glove hand for his 23rd.

Turning point

Lindback stopped Heatley late in regulation from in front, and the Predators killed a power play that stretched 1:49 into overtime.

Lindback stopped a one-timer from Mikko Koivu and swatted away a shot by Cal Clutterbuck at the end of the advantage.

Numbers game

1: Penalty for Nashville D Ryan Suter, who went to the box in the first period for cross-checking Setoguchi. It was Suter's first penalty since Feb. 2 at Philadelphia.

5: Goals this season against Nashville for Heatley, who has 23 career points (13 goals, 10 assists) against the Predators.

Scoring summary

First period

No scoring.

Second period

• Nashville -- Gabriel Bourque (7), assisted by Spaling (11), 12:31.
• Wild -- Dany Heatley (23), assisted by Nate Prosser (11) and Mikko Koivu (31), 17:53.

Third period

No scoring.


Wild -- Erik Christensen (miss), Mikko Koivu (save), Devin Setoguchi (save).

Predators -- Martin Erat (save), Alexander Radulov (goal).

Up next

The Wild return home for their final two-game homestand beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday against Chicago.

© The Associated Press