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Published October 08 2010

Moorhead's Cullen scores a goal in Wild regular-season debut

Matt Cullen didn’t wait long to make an impression with his home state Minnesota Wild.

Cullen, a 13-year NHL veteran from Moorhead who signed a three-year, $10.5 million deal with the Wild in the offseason, had a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Wild 4-3 on Thursday in the regular-season opener for both teams in Helsinki, Finland.

“Nice to get that first goal out of the way,” Cullen said in a text message. “It was a game we could have won if not for a couple of defensive lapses.”

Cullen scored a power-play goal to knot the game at 2-2 at 9 minutes, 52 seconds of the second period. He assisted on a Brent Burns power-play goal to help the Wild cut Carolina’s lead to 4-3 late in the third period.

Cullen played 23:32, including a team-leading 6:51 on the power play.

“The power play was good–generated a lot of chances,” Cullen said.

The Wild are scheduled to play Carolina at noon today in Helsinki.