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Wild rally for tie

Fernandez stops 29 shots against Nashville

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Pulling out a tie on the road against one of the NHL's hottest teams didn't upset the Minnesota Wild too much.

The Wild rallied from a2-0 deficit with two goals in the second period, and Manny Fernandez stopped 29 shots as Minnesota tied Nashville2-2 Thursday night, snapping the Predators' seven-game home winning streak.

Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire called it an exciting game with plenty of defense and great goaltending.

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"Their team, I'm telling you, is playing well. They play a lot like we do. They've got good hockey players there. Not surprising when you see them play, they're one of the good teams in the last 20 games. Not surprising at all," Lemaire said.

Nashville was 8-1-0-1 in its previous 10 games and came into the game ninth in the Western Conference, four points back of Edmonton. The Oilers gained a point later Thursday night when they beat Los Angeles.

Fernandez gave up two goals on the first nine shots, but he preserved a point on the first of a three-game road trip by stopping the final 22 shots. He was at his best in overtime, when the Predators went on their seventh power play with 1:25 left.

Game summary, NHLstandings, Page 3C

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