Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) – Devan Dubnyk stopped 35 shots to lead the
Minnesota Wild in a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Zach Parise, Jason Zucker, Thomas Vanek and Jared Spurgeon all scored for the
Wild, who have won their past three games.
Daniel Sedin and Ronalds Kenins scored for the Canucks, who have dropped three
of four. Ryan Miller allowed three goals on 19 shots in the loss.
After a scoreless first period, the Wild took a 1-0 lead at 7:26 of the second
as Parise charged down the left wing fighting off a checker, throwing the puck
on net from a sharp angle that got past Miller.
Exactly two minutes later on the power play, Spurgeon’s slap shot from the
left point found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Vancouver had a goal waved off three minutes into the third period when Radim
Vrbata was ruled to have impeded Dubnyk’s ability to get into position.
“You’re frustrated when the calls go against you, but the refs didn’t beat us.
We had our chances,” Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said.
The Wild made it a 3-0 game at 7:08 in the third period when Vanek’s big slap
shot from the right circle found the left corner of the net for his 10th goal
of the season.
Vancouver made it a game with a pair of goals separated by 1:01, and got it
started on Kenins’ first career goal as his wrister from the left wing found
the back of the net at 12:20.
Off a left circle faceoff win, Vrbata was about to take the puck behind the
net, but slipped the disc back to Sedin, who quickly snapped it in to make it
a one-goal game.
The Canucks pulled Miller with two minutes to play and had several good
chances, but Dubnyk came up with the stops and Zucker sealed the victory
with an empty-net goal inside the final minute.
Minnesota hosts Chicago on Tuesday while Vancouver hosts Winnipeg …
Minnesota was 1-for-2 on the power play, while Vancouver went 0-for-4 …
Mikael Granlund had two assists for the Wild.