Sunday, September 18, 2005

Wild over the Coyotes in exhibition play

Brian Rolston, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Mikko Koivu combined for four
goals and four assists and Dwayne Roloson stopped 20 shots as the Wild
posted a 7-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.
Desperate for another offensive weapon other than Marian Gaborik,
Minnesota signed center Rolston as a free agent in July 2004. Coach
Jacques Lemaire elected to put him between the youngsters Bouchard and
Koivu, and the move paid off instantaneously.
Rolston opened the scoring with a power-play goal late in the first
period and Bouchard doubled Minnesota's lead seven minutes into the
second. After a shorthanded tally by Wes Walz midway through the
stanza, Koivu gave the Wild a 4-0 bulge at 2:05 of the third.
Bouchard capped the scoring for his line with a power-play tally at
6:30, while Roman Voloshenko and Pascal Dupuis scored with the man
advantage later in the period to provide the final margin.
Roloson made eight saves in the first period, seven in the second and
five in the third for the shutout. David LeNeveu surrendered seven
goals on 35 shots for the Coyotes.
Phoenix played without newcomers Brett Hull, Mike Ricci, Petr Nedved
and goaltender Curtis Joseph. Gaborik sat out for the Wild.

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