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Wild 4, Bruins 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Wild 4, Bruins 3
Boston Bruins 3, Minnesota Wild 4
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Jacques Lemaire took some time last spring to make sure his heart and mind were still fully invested in his coaching. He's still his same old demanding self. 

Eric Belanger scored twice, and the Wild rallied to a three-goal second period that was enough to hang on for a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

Marc Savard had two goals and Phil Kessel also scored for the Bruins, who beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 in their opener two nights earlier.

Both of Savard's came in the final 8 1/2 minutes, pulling them within one with 1:38 remaining.

"Ran out of time," coach Claude Julien said.

Boston is coming off a 94-point season and a playoff appearance following consecutive last-place finishes, and with center Patrice Bergeron back there are many reasons to believe in more improvement.

Consider this a lesson learned.

"You got to play three periods of hockey in this league," said Savard, who also had a goal and an assist against Colorado.

Added defenseman Dennis Wideman: "You just can't play a first and a third and beat a team like that."

Fernandez let Belanger's below-the-circle poke slip between his pads on a power play to tie the game at 1 with less than 90 seconds left in the first period. After the first intermission, Bergeron sent a slap shot that beat Fernandez.

This was the first time Fernandez faced the Wild, who acquired him for their inaugural season in 2000 and experienced plenty of ups and downs until trading him to Boston in 2007. This was also Fernandez's first regular-season game in nearly a year, due to a knee injury and subsequent surgery that limited him to four games last October.

"The first and second goal was a good example of what's missing in my game, the sharpness," he said. "Those are two goals that shouldn't go. There's no reason for that, regardless if I get a good look or not."

Notes: Minnesota scratched D Marek Zidlicky (ankle), who with Bergeron was acquired to boost the offensive capability of the blue line. ... Kessel and rookie teammate Blake Wheeler both played for the University of Minnesota.
scoring summary
1st Period
08:03
BOS
Phil Kessel (2) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (3), Marco Sturm (1)
1 - 0 BOS
18:32
MIN
PPG - Eric Belanger (1) ASST: Colton Gillies (1), Kim Johnsson (1)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:01
MIN
PPG - Marc-Andre Bergeron (1) ASST: Mikko Koivu (1), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (1)
2 - 1 MIN
10:19
MIN
Antti Miettinen (1) ASST: Andrew Brunette (1), Mikko Koivu (2)
3 - 1 MIN
12:28
MIN
Eric Belanger (2) ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (2), Owen Nolan (1)
4 - 1 MIN
3rd Period
11:51
BOS
Marc Savard (2) ASST: Michael Ryder (1), P.J. Axelsson (2)
4 - 2 MIN
18:22
BOS
Marc Savard (3) ASST: Michael Ryder (2), P.J. Axelsson (3)
4 - 3 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
03:06
MIN
Brent Burns  Hi stick - double minor against  Patrice Bergeron
09:22
BOS
Mark Stuart  Hi-sticking against  Eric Belanger
17:01
BOS
Mark Stuart  Holding against  Brent Burns
2nd Period
02:08
BOS
David Krejci  Hi-sticking against  Eric Belanger
15:17
MIN
James Sheppard  Holding against  P.J. Axelsson
3rd Period
16:50
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Cross checking against  Owen Nolan
16:50
MIN
Owen Nolan  Slashing against  Zdeno Chara
16:50
MIN
Owen Nolan  Roughing against  Zdeno Chara
16:50
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Owen Nolan
19:44
MIN
Stephane Veilleux  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Manny Fernandez
SA: 26TOI: 59:16
Saves: 22EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 0
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .919SH: 1 - 1