NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Minnesota|
(Wednesday, January 13th)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Vancouver 2
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Antti Miettinen scored twice in the third
period, as the Minnesota Wild took a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks in a
Northwest Division battle at Xcel Energy Center.
Mikko Koivu had a goal and an assist, while Owen Nolan and Kyle Brodziak also
lit the lamp for the Wild, who have won their past four games. Niklas
Backstrom stopped 29 shots in the win.
"This is probably our best rival in the league and so far this year they had
our number," said Minnesota center Eric Belanger. "We wanted to prove tonight
that we could play with those guys and we were able to find a way to come back
and win it here. That was a big win for us."
Alexandre Burrows and Ryan Kesler each had a goal, while Roberto Luongo was
charged with all five goals on 19 shots for the Canucks, who have dropped
three straight. Andrew Raycroft played the final 10:28 of the game and stopped
all three shots he faced.
Burrows was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Wednesday for comments he made
regarding referee Stephane Auger after Monday's 3-2 loss to Nashville. Burrows
stated that the referee came to him before the game and said he was "going to
get me back tonight" for making the referee look bad during a game on December
8. Burrows was later assessed two minor penalties and with four seconds left
in the game received an unsportsmanlike call and a 10-minute misconduct
With the score tied in the third, Minnesota took a 3-2 lead on the power play
as Koivu fired a pass from the right circle to the slot where Miettinen's one-
timer found the back of the net just 1:08 in.
"You gotta find a way to kill penalties and that's two games in a row where we
lost it on penalties," said Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault. "It was
unfortunate but that's the way it is."
Nolan gave his team an insurance goal at the 7:50 mark of the frame as he
wristed a bouncing puck from the right circle that Luongo hit, but it trickled
into the net.
Less than two minutes later, Miettinen's slap shot from the top of the right
circle went through a screen and past Luongo for a 5-2 lead.
The Wild struck just 1:58 into the contest as Guillaume Latendresse threw a
shot on net from the left side that hit off the skate then the stick of
Brodziak and slid into the net.
Just 1:34 later, Minnesota took a 2-0 lead as Koivu skated down the other end
on a 2-on-1 break with Andrew Brunette and snapped a wrister past Luongo for
his 13th goal of the season.
Vancouver cut its deficit in half with 1:48 to play in the first on a power
play goal as a shot from Mason Raymond was stopped by Backstrom, but he was
unable to cover up the puck and Kesler dug it out and slipped it into the net.
The Canucks tied the game with 4:17 to play in the second as Sami Salo's one-
timer from the high slot was tipped in by Burrows for his 20th goal of the
Minnesota begins a three-game road trip on Thursday in St. Louis...Vancouver
hosts Pittsburgh on Saturday...Vancouver had won five straight, including all
three this season, and eight of the last nine against Minnesota coming into
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