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Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson scores the game-winning goal against Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding during a shootout on Wednesday in Nashville. AP Photo/Mike Strasinger

Nashville beats Wild in shootout

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Colin Wilson scored the only goal in the shootout, and the Nashville Predators sent the Minnesota Wild to their eighth straight loss with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night.

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Jonathon Blum scored for the Predators, with an assist from Wilson, to give Nashville a 1-0 lead 7 minutes into the third period. Dany Heatley tied it for the Wild with 3:59 remaining in regulation.

The Wild outshot the Predators 11-10 in the first period, 11-5 in the second and 35-25 overall. Minnesota had the only four shots in overtime.

Blum scored his regulation goal with a wrist shot from the point that beat goalie Josh Harding to the glove side. It was Blum's second goal in two games.

Heatley tied it by scoring on a wraparound shot that went under the outstretched pads of Pekka Rinne.

The Predators played their second game without defenseman Shea Weber, the team captain and points leader with 29 in 35 games, who is sidelined by a concussion. Weber is out indefinitely with a concussion.

The past two weeks have not been kind to the Wild.

Minnesota is now on an eight-game winless streak, dating back to Dec. 10. The Wild have only scored 10 goals during that stretch.

With the win, Nashville broke a two-game winless streak and improved to 8-4-0 in the month of December. Predator captain Shea Weber missed the game with a concussion.

NOTES: Nashville's Gabriel Bourque was recalled from Milwaukee of the AHL and made his NHL debut. It was the second game in a row the Predators had a player in his first NHL game. ... The Predators reassigned C Blake Geoffrion to Milwaukee and placed D Kevin Klein on the injured list. ... The Wild have allowed the first goal in 24 of 38 games this season. This was the third overtime game in the last seven. ... Mississippi State and Wake Forest, who will meet in the Music City Bowl, were in attendance.

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