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Rolston's late game winner propels Minnesota to wild 6-5 win over Nashville

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Rolston's late game winner propels Minnesota to wild 6-5 win over Nashville

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Minnesota improved to 2-0-0 for the first time in franchise history, while Nashville dropped to 0-2-0. The Predators have allowed 14 goals in the two losses.

Pavol Demitra, Marian Gaborik, Mikko Koivu, Todd White and Mark Parrish, a Minnesota native who signed with the Wild as a free agent during the off-season, had power-play goals for Minnesota.

Steve Sullivan had a goal and two assists for Nashville, Mikko Lehtonen added his first NHL goal, and Scott Hartnell, Marek Zidlicky and Martin Erat also scored.

Minnesota starter Manny Fernandez had eight saves in the opening period, and was pulled in favour of rookie Niklas Backstrom during the first intermission. Backstrom, playing in his first NHL game, had 17 saves in the final 40 minutes.

Tomas Vokoun made 28 saves for the Predators.

Notes: Minnesota Twins stars Justin Morneau - a native of New Westminster, B.C. - and Joe Mauer received a standing ovation from the crowd when they were shown on the video screens in the second period. ... Sullivan scored short-handed. ... Fernandez was last pulled from a game he started on Jan. 30 of last season, when he was yanked after allowing four first-period goals against Detroit. ... Wild defenceman Keith Carney, who missed the team's opener because of back spasms, was in the lineup on Saturday. ... Predators forward Paul Kariya, who played college hockey at Maine, addressed his alma mater's current team Friday before Maine beat Minnesota 3-1 in St. Paul.

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Rolston's late game winner propels Minnesota to wild 6-5 win over Nashville