Predators 2, Wild 1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Cliff Ronning and Scott Walker had a goal and an assist each as the Nashville Predators beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.
Trailing 1-0 after a period, the Predators scored twice in the second to give the Wild their second consecutive loss.
The Predators had been shut out for eight straight periods before Walker scored on a quick wrist shot at 5:09 of the second.
Nashville took the lead 3:09 later on Ronning’s power-play goal.
In the midst of a scramble in front of the Wild net, Walker flipped a backhand pass to the front of the net. With Minnesota goalie Jamie McLennan out of position, Ronning was able to tap the puck into an empty net.
McLennan finished with 17 saves for Minnesota. Nashville’s Tomas Vokoun stopped 25 shots.
Minnesota played perhaps its most dominating first period of the season, outshooting the Predators 12-4 and taking a 1-0 lead.
Wild forward Darby Hendrickson got his fourth goal of the season just 5:22 in when he took a pass set by Aaron Gavey from behind the net. As Vokoun slid across the crease, Hendrickson chipped the puck over his right pad.
The Predators killed four penalties, extending Minnesota’s man-advantage scoring drought. The Wild have failed on their last 28 power plays, dating to a Nov. 28 loss at San Jose.
Notes: Wes Walz, Minnesota’s captain for December, played in his 200th NHL game. ... Nashville assistant coach Ray Shero grew up in St. Paul, where his father, Fred, coached the minor league St. Paul Saints and St. Paul Rangers in the 1950s and ’60s. ... Walker’s goal snapped Nashville’s scoreless streak at 166:44. It was the second-longest scoring drought in team history.