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NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Vancouver



(Wednesday, November 2nd)

Final Score: Vancouver 2, Minnesota 1

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Ed Jovanovski had a goal and an assist and Jarkko Ruutu netted the eventual game-winner as the Vancouver Canucks remained undefeated at home with a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at General Motors Place.

Todd Bertuzzi, Sami Salo and Richard Park each added an assist and Alex Auld made 31 saves for the Canucks, who snapped a two-game losing streak

Randy Robitaille scored the Wild's lone goal and Dwayne Roloson stopped 28 of 30 shots for Minnesota, which lost for the fifth time in six games.

Vancouver jumped out to a 1-0 lead with 5:28 gone in the first period after Jovanovski one-timed a shot past Roloson glove-side. Bertuzzi skated with the puck into the left corner and passed it to Jovanovski in the slot for the power-play score.

"It was a great play," Jovanovski said. "Sami made a great play, playing the puck up the ice and Todd was going up the wall and saw me in the middle."

The Canucks extended their lead to 2-0 with 4:18 left in the second period after Ruutu rifled a wrist shot from the right circle that beat Roloson top shelf. Park got the assist after he back-passed the puck to Ruutu before charging the net to screen Roloson.

"We played pretty well, but their goaltender made some big saves and he was the difference tonight," Roloson said.

Minnesota, however, went back within one just 35 seconds later after Robitaille beat Auld stick-side high with a wrist shot from the right circle. Pierre-Marc Bouchard gained the zone with Robitaille on a 2-on-1 rush. Bouchard then fed the puck cross-ice to Robitaille for the goal.

Minnesota had a two-man advantage for one minute and 40 seconds late in the third period, but the Wild could only generate two shots on goal, both of which were saved by Auld. After Salo took a delay-of-game penalty and the Wild pulled Roloson, Minnesota had a 6-on-3 advantage for much of the final minute of play but could not capitalize.

Game Notes

Vancouver had outscored opponents 28-14 during a six-game win streak before losing back-to-back road games against Colorado...Canucks netminder Dan Cloutier sustained a concussion in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado. Cloutier was dazed after hitting his head on the goalpost following a collision with Colorado's Andrew Brunette midway through the first period and was forced to leave the game. Under NHL guidelines, Cloutier must be symptom- free for a week before he can return...The Wild fell to 1-4-2 on the road, while the Canucks improved to 6-0 at home...Auld improved to 4-0-1 as a starter this season...The Canucks are 8-0 when scoring first this season...Minnesota hasn't won in Vancouver since December 7, 2002. The Wild is 0-2-3 in that span...Vancouver scored its first power-play goal in its last three games...The home team is 6-2-4 in the last 12 meetings between the clubs.

11/03 01:57:59 ET

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