St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise tallied
first-period goals that held up as the Minnesota Wild posted a 3-1 decision
over the Carolina Hurricanes at XCel Energy Center.
Both early scores came against Justin Peters, who was pressed into duty for
Carolina when No. 1 goaltender Cam Ward exited with a significant lower-body
injury just 4:07 into the contest.
The Hurricanes announced during the game that Ward would likely miss the next
Dany Heatley's first goal of the season, an empty-netter with 25.9 seconds
left, sealed the Wild's fourth straight win on home ice.
Josh Harding stopped 20-of-21 shots for Minnesota before leaving after two
periods with an undisclosed injury. Niklas Backstrom came on for the third and
made seven saves to protect the lead.
Alexander Semin scored on the power-play for the Hurricanes' only goal. Peters
turned back 19-of-21 chances for Carolina, which had began its current four-
game road trip with back-to-back victories.
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