NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Vancouver|
(Saturday, December 12th)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Minnesota 3
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Daniel Sedin and Mason Raymond each had a
goal and an assist, leading Vancouver to a 4-3 win over Minnesota in the
second contest of the Canucks' eight-game homestand.
Henrik Sedin added three assists, marking the sixth consecutive game he has
posted multiple helpers. Alexandre Burrows and Ryan Kesler also scored for the
Canucks, who improved to 12-4-0 at home this season.
"That was big for us," Henrik Sedin said of the team's three power play goals.
"We had a lot of chances of late, and the puck hasn't gone in for us, but
tonight it did."
Roberto Luongo made 38 saves, including 18 in the second period, to notch the
Martin Havlat had a goal and two assists for the Wild, who had won seven of
their last eight games. Greg Zanon and Shane Hnidy also scored, while Josh
Harding allowed four goals on 29 shots in defeat.
"(The Sedin brothers) make a lot of really special plays out there," said Wild
forward Kyle Brodziak. "They're obviously two gifted players who play with a
lot of confidence. They contributed to a lot of (Vancouver's) offense."
Vancouver took an early 2-0 lead.
Daniel Sedin put the Canucks in front 1:44 into the game, taking a pass at the
top of the circle, skating in and beating Harding up high while on the power
Raymond then gave the hosts a 2-0 lead with a tip-in goal on another power
play at the 6:16 mark.
Minnesota, though, came back to tie the game. Hnidy recorded his first goal of
the season at the 13:55 mark of the first to get the Wild back to within one,
and Burrows made it 2-2 with his 10th of the year at 16:45.
The Canucks were able to grab the lead with five seconds left in the first on
Zanon's wrister for a 3-2 game.
After a scoreless second period, Vancouver increased its lead to two. Kesler's
wrister on the power play with 13:16 left in the game made it 4-2.
Havlat and Andrew Brunette worked a perfect give-and-go with 1:06 to play, and
Havlat netted his fourth of the year to bring the Wild to within 4-3. They
immediately pulled Harding in an attempt to tally the equalizer, but Luongo
held firm in net to seal the victory.
Vancouver will go on a 14-game road trip from January 30-March 10, as the city
hosts the Winter Olympics...The Canucks lead the season series, 3-0, and have
won five straight over Minnesota...Daniel Sedin has a six-game point streak
and 11 total points during that stretch, while Henrik Sedin has 13 assists in
his last six games...The Wild fell to 6-11-2 on the road.
12/13 02:08:58 ET