NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Minnesota |
(Tuesday, November 11th)
Final Score: Minnesota 1, Vancouver 0
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Dwayne Roloson made 29 saves for his second
shutout of the season and Sergei Zholtok scored the only goal of the contest
late in the third period, as the Minnesota Wild earned a 1-0 victory over the
Vancouver Canucks at Xcel Energy Center.
The Wild gained a split of the home-and-home series, having dropped a 4-3
decision on Saturday in Vancouver. Minnesota improved to 5-1-1 in its last
"We had to push all night," said Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire. "The guys
didn't seem to have their legs tonight, but we kept battling. Every team goes
through this at one time or another. But this was a huge win against a
Vancouver, which was shut out for the first time this season, lost for only
the second time in its last 12 games (8-2-2). The Canucks entered the contest
with a league-high 53 goals this season and the lowest total they had scored
in a game before Tuesday was two.
Dan Cloutier made 23 saves in defeat.
Roloson stopped eight shots in the first period and 12 in the second. He then
turned aside nine in the third to preserve his 13th career shutout and second
in as many starts.
Last Friday against Calgary, Roloson made 34 saves in a 3-0 victory. He then
took over for an ineffective Manny Fernandez after the first period on
Saturday against the Canucks and stopped 18-of-19 shots.
Cloutier, who made 26 saves in Saturday's 4-3 victory, matched Roloson through
two periods on Tuesday, stopping all 15 shots he faced.
The Wild finally scored with 5:09 left in the third. Alexandre Daigle swept in
from the left wing and sent a pass to the right circle for Richard Park, who
threw the puck in front of the net. Zholtok was cutting across the top of the
crease and had a shot stopped by Cloutier. Zholtok stayed with the puck at the
right side of the crease and banked it off the netminder for his first goal of
"I'm just trying to get my game back," said Zholtok, who has played just nine
games this season. "But it's going to take awhile to get my offense back to
where it should be. I was very focused tonight, especially after last game. It
was nice to get that goal."
The Canucks could not generate any quality scoring chances with Cloutier
pulled in the closing minute.
"They got the bounce in the game," said Canucks head coach Marc Crawford. "Guy
shoots from behind the net, hits our goalie, and goes in. And if we got the
bounce, probably we win the game one to nothing."
Vancouver defenseman Ed Jovanovski missed the contest with a strained quad
muscle...Daigle has a four-game point streak...Minnesota's Antti Laaksonen
appeared in his 300th NHL game...The Wild have won three straight at
home...The teams have already met three times this season, each winning once
with one tie.
11/11 23:52:20 ET