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'I I: MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 2001 SPORTS REPLAY STAR TRIBUNE PAGE C17 - NHL . m STANDINGS n a u n Western Conference Northwest W L T OL Pts GF GA Horns Away Dlv Edmonton 4 1 1 0 9 19 12 3-0-0-0 1-1-1-0 1-1-1-0 Calgary 4 1 0 1 9 14 8 2-0-0-1 2-1-0-0 1-0-0-0 Wild 3 0 2 0 8 15 11 2-0-1-0 10-1-0 0-0-1-0 Colorado 2 2 0 0 4 11 14 1-0-0-0 1-2-0-0 1-2-0-0 Vancouver 2 3 0 0 2 17 15 1-2-0-0 1-1-0-0 1-1-0-0 Central W L T OL Pit GF GA Horns Away Dlv Detroit 4 1 0 0 8 19 14 1-1-0-0 3-0-0-0 0-0-0-0 Chicago 2 3 1 0 5 14 17 1-0-1-0 1-3-0-0 0-0-1-0 St. Louis 1 1 2 0 4 15 13 0-1-0-0 1-0-2-0 0-0-2-0 Columbus 0 1 4 0 4 11 13 0-1-2-0 0-0-2-0 0-0-2-0 Nashville 1 2 1 0 3 7 10 1-1-1-0 0-1-0-0 0-0-1-0 Pacific W L T OL Pts GF GA Home Away Dlv SanJose 2 0 1 1 6 10 9 2-0-1-1 0-0-0-0 0-0-0-0 Phoenix 2 2 1 0 5 11 14 1-0-00 1-2-1-0 0-0-1-0 Dallas 2 2 0 1 5 10 13 2-1-0-1 0-1-0-0 1-0-0-0 Anaheim 2 4 0 0 4 12 19 1-1-0-0 1-3-0-0 00-0 LA. 1 3 1 0 3 12 14 0-2-1-0 1-1-00 0-1-1-0 Eastern Conference Atlantic W L T OL Pta GF GA Home Away Dlv N.Y.I. 4 0 0 1 9 22 14 0-0-0-1 4-0-0-0 2-00 Philadelphia 2 1 2 0 6 16 11 1-0-1-0 1-1-1-0 0-0-0-0 N.Y.R. 1 2 1 0 3 10 14 1-1-0-0 0-1-1-0 0-0-0-0 NewJersey 0 3 0 0 0 6 15 0-1-0-0 0-2-0-0 0-1-0-0 Pittsburgh 0 4 0 0 0 7 17 0-3-0-0 0-1-0-0 0-1-0-0 Northeast W L T OL Pts GF GA Home Away Dlv Montreal 4 0 1 0 9 17 9 2-0-1-0 2-0-0-0 1 0-10 Ottawa 3 2 1 0 7 21 17 0-1-1-0 3-1-0-0 1-2-0-0 ' Buffalo 3 2 0 1 7 16 15 3-1-0-0 0-1-0-1 1-0-0-0 Boston 3 2 0 0 6 15 10 3-0-0-0 0-2-00 0-0-0-0 Toronto 2 2 1 0 5 17 15 1-2-0-0 1-0-1-0 0-1-1-0 Southeast W L T OL Pis GF GA Home Away Dlv Carolina 3 2 0 0 6 15 12 2-2-0-0 1-0-00 1-0-00 Tampa Bay 2 3 0 0 4 9 14 0-2-0-0 2-1-0-0 0-1-0-0 Washington 2 3 0 0 4 14 14 1-0-0-0 1 -3-0-0 0-0-0-0 Atlanta 1 1 0 1 3 7 10 0-1-0-0 1-0-0-1 0-1-0-0 Florida 1 4 0 0 2 9 15 0-3-0-0 1-1-0-0 1-0-0-0 Note: OL marks a loss in overtime. Teams gain one point for an OL. RESULTS SUNDAY Edmonton Wild Detroit 5 N.Y. Islanders (OT)4 Philadelphia 5 Florida 2 Edmonton 4 Nashville 3 Calgary 4 Dallas (OT)3 Phoenix 5 Washington 2 SanJose 3 Boston 2 Vancouver 4 Colorado 0 Tampa Bay 1 Los Angeles 0 Buffalo 4 Pittsburgh 1 Columbus 2 Chicago 2 Tampa Bay 3 Anaheim 2 SATURDAY Montreal 3 NewJersey 1 St. Louis 5 Toronto 2 NY. Rangers 2 Ottawa 2 Carolina 5 Atlanta 2 TODAY'S GAME N.Y. Rangers at Montreal Pittsburgh 0 0 11 Buffalo 1 0 34 FIRST PERIOD: 1. But Satan 3 (Zhit-nik, Varada), 19:33, pp. Penalties-Beech, Pit (slashing), 4:42; Morozov, Pit (high-sticking), 5:42: Kasparaitis, Pit (tripping), 8:30; Wilson, Pit (roughing), 1 1:23; Stevens, Pit (minor-major, boarding, fighting), 14:39; Warrener, Buf, minor-major-misconduct (instigating, fighting), 14:39; Hedberg, Pit (delay of game, served by Richer), 19:04. SECOND PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties RasmuBSen, Buf (tripping), 4:06; Kraft, Pit (slashing), 7:24; Barnes, Buf (interference), 8:49; Moran, Pit (hooking), 16:02; McKee. Buf (holding stick), 18:57. THIRD PERIOD: 2. Buf Koztov 2, 2:33. 3. Pit Straka 3, 3:18. 4. But Patrick 1 (Varada, Brown), 13:40. 5. Buf Kozlov 3 (Afinogenov), 18:01. Penalties Gratton, Buf (roughing), 8:45; Wilson, Pit (roughing), 19:00; Melichar, Pit (major, fighting), 19:57; Ray, Buf (major, fighting), 19:57. SUMMARY: Shots on goal Pittsburgh 5-8-1326, Buffalo 14-9-1134. Power-play opportunities Pittsburgh 0 of 4, Buffalo 1-8. Goalies Pittsburgh, Hedberg 0-3-0 (34 shots-30 saves); Buffalo, Biron 3-2-0 (26-25). A 15,815 (18,690). Referees Stephana Auger, Bill McCreary. Linesmen Steve Miller, Brian Murphy. Tampa Bay . 13 02 Anaheim .. FIRST PERIOD: 1. TB Lecavalier 1 (Modln), 5:04, pp. 2. Ana LeClerc 2 (Salei), 5:38. 3. TB Clymer 1 (Ylonen), 12:13. 4. Ana Tverdovsky 1 (Rucchin, Kariya), 19:33, pp. Penalties Vishnevsky Ana, (slashing), 4:23; Barnaby, TB (major, fighting), 7:38; Sawyer, Ana (major, fighting), 7:38; Friesen, Ana (hooking), 16:48; Tampa Bay bench (served by Alexeev (too many men), 18:55; Cullimore, TB (slashing), 19:33. SECOND PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties Kariya, Ana (ob.-holding), 5:12; Barnaby, TB (slashing), 16:04. THIRD PERIOD: 5. TB Andreychuk 1 (Kubina, Richards), 16:58, pp. Penalties Ledyard, TB (cross-checking), 2:38; Taylor, TB (roughing), 11:08; LeClerc, Ana (cross-checking), 11:09; Carney, Ana (high-sticking), 14:53; Havelid. Ana (high-sticking). 16: 12. SUMMARY: Shots on goal Tampa Bay 14-8-5 27, Anaheim 12-10-13-35. Power-play opportunities Tampa Bay 2 of 5, Anaheim 1-4. Goalies Tampa Bay, Khabibulin 1-3-0 (35 shots-33 saves); Anaheim, Giguere 0-1-1 (27-24). A 9,579 (17,174). Referees Dan Marouelli, Brad Meier. Linesmen An-gelo D'Amico, Vaughan Rody. Columbus 1 1 0 02 Chicago 1 0 1 02 FIRST PERIOD: 1. Clm Marshall 3 (Odelein, Klesla), 16:18, pp. 2. Chi Daze 3 (Nylander, Bell), 19:11. Penalties Aubin, Clm (interference), 4:50, VandenBussche, Chi (interference), 8:02; Grand-Pierre, Clm (elbowing), 12:25; Thomas, Chi (goalie interference), 14:22; Mironov, Chi (roughing), 16: 18. SECOND PERIOD: 3. Clm Wright 2 (Odelein, Vyborny), 13:11, pp. PenaltiesWright, Clm (holding), 5:45; Timander, Clm (closing hand on puck), 8:00; Probert, Chi (cross-checking), 11:31; Marshall, Clm (roughing), 12:40; Mironov, Chi (roughing), 12:40; Grand-Pierre, Clm (tripping), 13:50; Thomas, Chi (roughing), 15:14; VandenBussche, Chi (goalie interference), 18:33. THIRD PERIOD: 4 Chi Daze 4 (Nylander, Sullivan), 1:19. Penalties VandenBussche, Chi (tripping), 2:31; Calder. Chi (interference). 6:27. OVERTIME: No scoring. SUMMARY: Shots on goal Columbus 6-8-7-323, Chicago 8-12-9-130. Powsr-play opportunities Columbus 2 of 8, Chicago 0 of 5. Goalies Columbus, Denis 0-0-2 (30 shots-28 saves); Chicago, Thibault 2-2-1 (23-21). A 10,216 (20,500). Referees Dennis LaRue, Tim Peel. Linesmen Jonny Munay, Dan Schachte. Late Saturday Boston 1 1 0 2 SanJose 0 0 33 FIRST PERIOD: 1. Bos Lapointe 3 (Samsonov, Gill), 11:13. Penalties Damphousse, SJ (high-sticking). 0:31; Rolston, Bos (hooking), 7:59; Kolarik, Bos (holding), 13: 10; Thornton. Bos (tripping), 16:31. Gill, Bos (roughing) 20:00; Graves, SJ (roughing) 20:00. SECOND PEHIOD: 2. Bos Rolston 3 (Gill), 17:27, sh. Penalties Damphousse. SJ (holding), 0:31; Sweeney, Bos (interfernce), 5:14; Stock, Bos (elbowing), 8:48; Nazarov, Bos (roughing), 8:48; Jackman. Bos (holding). 16:38. THIRD PERIOD: 3. SJ Stuart 1, 14:40. LEADERS Through Saturday SCORING G A Pts Shanahan.Det 7 3 10 ParrishNYl 8 0 8 ONeill.Car 4 4 8 Yzerman, Det 3 4 7 Havlat.Ott 3 4 7 Bates NYI 2 5 7 Savage, Mtl 2 5 7 Roenick.Phi 1 6 7 Francis, Car 0 7 7 GW GOALS G GWG Parrish, NYI 5 3 PLUSMINUS G - Gagne, Phi 5 7 Roenick, Phi 6 7 Sundin. Tor 5 6 Tkachuk, StL 4 5 Francis, Car 5 5 Klemm, Chi 5 5 Williams, Phi 5 5 GOALIES GP GAA Turek.Cal 5 1.38 Theodore, Mtl 2 1.44 Luongo.FIa 3 1.46 Hurme.Ott 2 1.52 Salo.Edm 5 1.81 Brathwaite, StL 2 1.92 Roloso.Wild 2 1,92 6:30 p.m. SUMMARIES 4. SJ Nolan 2 (Damphousse, Jillson), 18:25, pp. 5. SJ Sturm 1 (Marleau, Sundstrom), 19:44. Penalties Harvey, SJ (roughing), 6:48; Rolston, Bos (hand on puck), 9:42; Nolan, SJ (charging) 10:33; Pellerin, Bos (boarding), 10:33; Emmons, Bos (holding), 17:38. SUMMARY: Shots on goal Boston 13-7-625, San Jose 4-8-16 28. Power-play opportunities Boston 0 of 3, San Jose 1 of 9. Goalies Boston, Dafoe 3-2- 0 (28 shots-25 saves): San Jose. Kipmsoff 1-0-0 (25-23). A 17,496 (17,496). Referees Paul Devorskl, Scott Zelkin. Linesmen Brad Lazrowich, Mark Whaler. Tampa Bay 0 0 1 1 Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 FIRST PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties Holzinger, TB (Interference), 8:37; Schneider, LA (cross-checking), 14:56. SECOND PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties Taylor, TB (unsportsmanlike conduct), 0:44; Laperriere, LA (interference), 0:44; Neckar, TB (holding), 4:07: Barnaby, TB (roughing), 8:05; K. Belanger, LA (roughing), 8:05; Schneider, LA (slashing), 10:44; Valicevlc, LA (holding), 13:58; Olvestad, TB (slashing), 18:16. THIRD PERIOD: 1. TB Prospal (Modin, St. Louis), 0:38. Penalties-Miller, LA (high-sticking), 3:19; Prospal, TB (ob.-hooking), 4:33; Modry, LA (tripping), 7:07; Heinze, LA (holding), 10:10; Ledyard, TB (slashing), 11:52; Clymer, TB (slashing), 13:08. SUMMARY: Shots on goal Tampa Bay 5-6-819, Los Angeles 12-10-9 31. Power-play opportunities Tampa Bay 0 of 6, Los Angeles 0 of 6. Goalies Tampa Bay. Weekes 1-0-0 (31 shots-31 saves); Los Angeles, Potvin 1-3-1 (19-18). A 17,114 (18,118). Referees-Dan Marouelli, Brad Meier. Linesmen Vaughan Rody, Troy Sartison. Washington 0 1 12 Phoenix 1 1 35 FIRST PERIOD: 1. Pho Markov 1 (Handzus, Lemieux), 11:46, pp. Penalties Halpern, Was (double minor, roughing), 1:01; May, Phoenix (roughing), 1:01; Reekie, Was (tripping), 11:06; Handzus, Pho (goalie interference), 17:1 1. SECOND PERIOD: 2. Was Bondra 3 (Zubrus, Oates), 8:10, pp. 3. Pho Langkow 1 (Numminen, Lemieux), 19:00, pp. Penalties Nikolishin, Was (tripping), 3:09; Phoenix bench (served by Bouck, too many men), 7:05; Vaananen, Pho (high-sticking), 10:39; Reekie, Was (hooking), 17:39. THIRD PERIOD: 4. Pho Langkow 2 (Lemieux, May), 4:53. 5. Pho Briere 3 (Markov), 7:38, pp. 6. Was Bondra 4 (Nikolishin, Halpern), 10:14. 7. Pho Langkow 3 (Doan), 19:47, empty net. Penalties Gonchar, Was (holding stick), 6:35; Bondra, Was (holding), 12:57; Johnson, Pho (goalie interference), 15:04; Simpson, Pho (roughing), 20:00. SUMMARY: Shots on goal Washington 6-6-719, Phoenix 11-12-1235. Power-play opportunities Washington 1 of 4, Phoenix 3 of 6. Goalies Washington, Billington 0-1-0 (34 shots-30 saves); Phoenix, Burke 2-1-1 (19-17). A 15.330 (16.210). Referees Don Koharski, Mick McGeough. Linesmen Wayne Bonney, Brad Kovachik. Colorado 0 0 0 0 Vancouver 3 0 1 4 FIRST PERIOD: 1. Van Druken 1 (Ruutu, Pederson), 5:56. 2. Van Klatt 4 (Cassels, Naslund), 8:07. 3. Van Bras-hear 2 (Morrison, Strudwick), 19:29. Penalties Morrison, Van (holding), 6:45; Blake, Col (holding), 1 1:21. SECOND PERIOD: No scoring. Penalties Berry, Col (major, fighting), 1:08; Bertuzzi, Van (maior, fighting), 1:08; Vancouver bench (served by Druken, too many men), 3:27; Parker, Col (misconduct), 3:27; Strudwick, Van (elbowing), 4:42; de Vries, Col (interference), 8:01; Berry, Col (major, fighting), 10:57; Pederson, Van (minor-maior, charging, fighting), 10:57; Relnprecht, Col (goalie interference), 16:03. THIRD PERIOD: 4. Van Morrison 1 (Brashear, Ruutu), 9:29. Penalties Naslund, Van (hooking), 5:00; Jovanovs-ki. Van (major, lighting), 13:09; Ruutu, Van (major-game misconduct, kneeing), 13:09; Bertuzzi, Van (game misconduct), 13:09; de Vries. Col (roughing). 13:09; Parker, Col (minor-major-misconduct, instigator, fighting), 13:09. SUMMARY: Shots on goal Colorado 6-11-622, Vancouver 11-9-222. Power-play opportunities Colorado 0 01 7, Vancouver 0 ol 4. Goalies Colorado, Aebischer 0-1-0 (22 shots-18 saves); Vancouver, Cloutier 2-2-0 (22-22). A 18,422 (18,422). Referees-Terry Gregson, Kelly Sutherland Linesmen Lonnie Cameron, Randy Mitton. Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. Mario Lemieux returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup Sunday after missing two games because of a sore hip, but two goals by Slava Kozlov, including the game-winner from behind the net, led the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-1 victory. Miroslav Satan and James Patrick also scored as Buffalo ended a four-game home losing streak against Pittsburgh that dated to 1999. The Penguins' 0-4 start equals the worst in club history. The 1983-84 team started 0-4, won only 16 games and finished dead last in the league. WILD from C3 Murray's goal helps Oilers tie That gives the Wild a 3-0-2 record and leaves them as one of two teams (Montreal is the other) that doesn't have a regulation or overtime loss. Not that it's a big deal. "Hey, we feel we can skate with any team in the league," Wild captain Jim Dowd said. "People might look at our record and say it's a surprise, but I don't think any of the guys in this room look at it like that. We think we have a good team. You look at our lineup, and I think we can play with anyone." The Wild has yet to run into any of the league's elite teams, such as Colorado, New Jersey, Philadelphia or Detroit. But it has played three playoff teams from a season ago and a much-improved Boston team that missed the postseason by a mere point last season. On Sunday, the Wild played perhaps its most complete game of the season against a team that gave it fits a season ago. The Wild dominated much of the game against Edmonton, which entered Sunday with a 4-0-1 record against Minnesota. "We still haven't played a full 60-minute game, but tonight, we were pretty good for about 45," Wild forward Andrew Brunette said. "The confidence is pretty high in here right now, and I think we've played well enough to win in every game, including the preseason. That's about all you can ask, that you're in every game." The Wild was more than in Sunday's game. It probably let a victory wriggle off the hook. Two early-season trends continued Sunday to give the Wild a 2-0 lead. The Wild's power play, last in the NHL last season, struck 1:20 into the game when Lubomir Sekeras blasted a shot from the right point past Edmonton goalie Tommy Salo. Then Stacy Roest continued to show his hot hand by scoring his fifth goal of the season at 4:08 of the first period. Edmonton fought back to tie the score on a first-period goal by Daniel Cleary and a second-period goal by Shawn Horcoff. Then Marian Gaborikand the power play gave the Wild a 3-2 lead midway through the second. "I was pretty excited to score; I've been waiting to get the first one," said Gaborik, who scored his first goal to go along with the four assists he has picked up this season, including one Sunday, after missing the season opener because of offseason hernia surgery. "I'm feeling better every game, and Sunday was the best I've felt." Manny Fernandez, who made 25 saves, turned in another solid performance, but he t y Leading 1-0 on Satan's first-period power-play goal, the Sabres took control when Kozlov scored 2:33 into the third. COLUMBUS 2, CHICAGO 2 CHICAGO Eric Daze's second goal of the game early in the third period gave the Blackhawks a tie and kept the Blue Jackets winless. Grant Marshall and Tyler Wright scored power-play goals for Columbus. Wright's goal with 6:49 left in the second period .... .5,,- All ,0 ' 1 - 7 4Si Star Tribune photo by David Brewster The Wild's Jim Dowd checks Edmonton's Ryan Smyth Into the boards during a 3-3 tie Sunday at the Xcel Energy Center In St Paul. GAME By the numbers 2: Number of months Wild defenseman Brad Bombardir is expected to miss after fracturing his right ankle Sunday. 4: Number of consecutive games in which the Wild's Stacy Roest has scored a goal, setting a team record. .280: The Wild's power-play Roest percentage (7- for-25)onthe season tying it with the Islanders for tops in the NHL The turning point The first four minutes. The Wild scored twice to open up a 2-0 lead and never seemed in danger of losing Sunday's game because of that start Quick starts NHL leaders in goals scored: Mark Parrish, N.Y. Islanders 8 Brendan Shanahan, Detroit 7 Stacy Roest, Wild 5 11 tied with 4 couldn't stop Rem Murray on a 2-on-l goal at 3:26 of the third that tied the score at 3. "Really, though, we played better last season than we've played so far this season," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "That's the thing," Dowd said. "I think we can play even better than we've shown. Things ifj v. if - jjr y:.- , cum os n gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead. TAMPA BAY 3, ANAHEIM 2 ANAHEIM, CALIF. Dave Andreychuk scored on a power play with 3:02 remaining and Nikolai Khabibulin made 33 saves for his first victory of the season for the Lightning. Andreychuk's goal was the 573rd of his career, tying Mike Bossy for 15th place in history. The power-play goal was his 237th, 12 shy of Phil Esposito's NHL record. The game was played in front of a crowd of 9,579, the smallest at Anaheim since the Mighty Ducks entered the NHL in 1993. RECAP Star Tribune's three stars 1. Jim Dowd, Wild. Pair of assists. 2. Daniel Cleary, Oilers. Goal and assist 3. Jochen Hecht, Oilers. Two assists, five shots. Edmonton ) 1 1 03 Wild 2 1 0 03 FIRST PERIOD: 1. Wild Sekeras 1 (Gaborik, Dowd), 1 :20, pp. 2. Wild Roest 5, 4:06. 3. Edm Cleary 2 (Hecht, Smith), 7:41. Penalties Smith, Edm, (interference), 1:17; Laraque, Edm (major, lighting), 6:18; Johnson, Wild (major, lighting), 6:18; Gaborik, Wild (hooking), 13:47; Marshall, Wild (holding). 19:18. SECOND PERIOD: 4. Edm Horcotl 1 (Hecht. Cleary), 1:59. 5. Wild Gaborik 1 (Dowd, Zholtok), 13:09, pp. Penalties Kuba, Wild (holding stick), 7:13; Nnnimaa, Edm (holding), 11:18; Moreau, Edm (cross-checking), 12:01. THIRD PERIOD: 6. Edm Murray 1 (Niinimaa, Marchant). 3:26. Penalty Niinimaa, Edm (holding). 1:17. OVERTIME: No scoring. Penalties None. SUMMARY: Shots on goal Edmonton 13-8-4-328, Wild 6-8-14-1- 29 Power-play opportunities Edmonton 0 ol 3, Wild 2-4. Goalies Edmonton. Salo 4-1-1 (29 shots-26 saves); Wild, Fernandez 2-0-1 (28-25). A 18,064 (18,064). Reler-ees Rob Schick, Dean Warren. Linesmen Steve Barton, Stephane Provost. are going well, and we're playing with confidence, but we can get even better." The Wild, though, will have to get better without one of its top defenseman. In the only down note of the day, alternate captain Brad Bombardir was lost for at least two months because of a fractured right ankle. "We'll miss him, but we have guys who are working hard who are ready to step in," Dowd said. "We believe we will continue to play well. To us, all of this isn't a surprise. We have a good team." Tom Jones is at twjonesstartribune.com. Teammates congratulate Wild captain Jim Dowd after his second assist Sunday. Dowd had an assist on the first and last of the Wild's goals. Star Tribune photo by David Brewster U . 9 A. t ..... i V : lift I -A r 1, - to? Associated Press Mario Lemieux gets a hip into Sabres defenseman Rhett Warrener, WILD NOTES Bombardir fractures right ankle By Tom Jones Star Tribune Staff Writer Not everything went the Wild's way during its 3-3 tie with Edmonton on Sunday. The Wild's defense suffered a serious blow when veteran and alternate captain Brad Bombardir fractured his right ankle. He will be out for at least two months. Bombardir suffered the injury when smashed into the boards by Edmonton's Ethan Moreau with 8:01 left in the third period. Bombardir was dazed on the play, and appeared to have fractured the ankle when he fell awkwardly to the ice. "He's always very steady, very solid," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "We use him in every situation you can use him on the (power playl, the penalty kill), against the other teams top players. He's a player we'lJ miss, no doubt about it. ' Bombardir, who missed 48 games because of a broken leg in 1996-97, said he would comment on the injury today. With Bombardir out, the Wild likely will turn to young defenseman Nick Schultz, who made his NHL debut Sunday, and veteran Brad Brown, who has been a healthy scratch in the Wild's first five games. Not n-n-nervous Schultz, the Wild's second-round pick in the 2000 draft, played his first NHL game Sunday, but you couldn't tell by watching him. Schultz started the game, then showed a sigh of relief when he returned to the bench after his first shift. From that point on, he looked right at home in the NHL. "I was a little nervous, but not too bad," Schultz said. "It was great being out there for the national anthem, and good to get that first shift in without giving up a goal. After that, I felt pretty relaxed." Lemaire agreed: "Nick played well. He's not the nervous type." Sounding pessimistic Wild forward Cam Stewart, out since Sept. 17 because of a concussion, said he was discouraged about his slow progress and even hinted at retirement during an intermission interview on the Wild's broadcast on WCCO Radio (830 AM). "I haven't been feeling too good," Stewart said. "It's a thing where it's going to take time, especially for me because I have had a history of concussion. I just need to take time there are a lot more things to do in life than hockey and I'm trying to make some serious decisions." Slow moving Wild center Wes Walz, out the past three games because of a high right ankle sprain, tried skating Sunday morning, but left the ice after only a few minutes. "Slow," Walz said when asked how the injury was coming along. He gave no timetable for a possible return. Tom Jones is at Uvjonesstartribune.com, lIljins MltMiilWk

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