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Wild puts Thrashers away in OT

©Associated Press
October 7, 2002

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Brad Bombardir scored a power-play goal 24 seconds into overtime to lift the Wild to a 3-2 preseason win over the Thrashers on Sunday.

Bombardir blasted the winner from just inside the blue line past Atlanta goalie Milan Hnilicka.

Minnesota tied the score at 2 with Richard Park's goal at 14:42 of the third. Pierre-Marc Bouchard sent a cross-ice pass to Park on a breakaway, and Bouchard beat Hnilicka on his blocker side.

BLUE JACKETS 4, SABRES 3: Jaroslav Spacek had two power-play goals, and Chris Nielsen scored with 2:45 left to cap visiting Columbus' four-goal rally in the third period.

Buffalo led 3-0 heading into the final period but could not hold off the Blue Jackets, who outshot the Sabres 37-26.

Spacek started the rally with a power-play goal less than two minutes into the period and brought the Blue Jackets within 3-2 less than six minutes later with his second goal.

CANUCKS 3, SHARKS 1: Queen Elizabeth II dropped the ceremonial puck at her first game in more than a half century, a win by host Vancouver.

Fedor Fedorov, the 21-year-old brother of Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov, scored the Canucks' last two goals.

Fedorov banked in a back-hander off the skate of defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson for the winner with 8:54 left.

COYOTES: Defenseman Martin Grenier, left wing Darcy Hordichuk, and centers Martin Podlesak and Jeff Taffe were assigned to the Springfield Falcons. Center Jason Jaspers was recalled.

PREDATORS: Forward Denis Arkhipov was arrested on drunken driving charges after a preseason game.

Arkhipov, who led the Predators with 20 goals last season, was released after posting $1,000 bond Saturday night following Nashville's 2-0 victory over Columbus.

"I apologize to the Predators organization and fans," the 23-year-old Arkhipov said in a statement. "I am embarrassed by last night's incident and take full responsibilities for my action."

Nashville general manager David Poile said that the Russian center "will deal with and face the consequences of his actions."

The team's policy is not to comment on legal charges, and a spokesman said there was no word yet whether the team will take disciplinary action.

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