NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Minnesota |
(Thursday, November 2nd)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Vancouver 2
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Brian Rolston and Todd White each scored a
goal and had an assist and Niklas Backstrom stopped all 19 shots he faced in a
relief role to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver
Canucks at Xcel Energy Center.
Nick Schultz, Pascal Dupuis and Branko Radivojevic each scored a goal for the
Wild, who have won four of their last five contests.
Manny Fernandez started in net, but left after the first period. He stopped
nine of the 11 shots he faced for Minnesota, which has knocked off Vancouver
in its last three matchups.
Ryan Kesler and Jan Bulis each had a goal and Roberto Luongo stopped 19 shots
for the Canucks, who have dropped their last two games.
Minnesota was down, 2-1, after the first period, but scored four unanswered
Rolston was awarded a penalty shot while Minnesota was shorthanded and he
skated in on net and from the slot snapped a wrister over the glove of
Luongo with 2:59 left in the second.
"That was the turning point for the whole game," said Mikko Koivu. "It's a big
opportunity when you have a penalty shot."
"He just got a good piece of it and beat me," said Luongo.
Minnesota grabbed a 3-2 lead 4:31 into the final stanza. Stephane Veilleux had
the puck on the low left side and attempted to center it, but it bounced off a
Vancouver player and into the slot. Schultz came charging in hard and blasted
the puck past Luongo, who tipped it with his glove, but it retained enough
momentum to go into the net.
The Wild added an insurance goal with 4:35 to play. On the power play, Kim
Johnsson had the puck behind the net and centered it to White, who snapped a
quick shot on net. Luongo made the save, but the rebound went right to Dupuis,
who banged it in for his first goal of the season.
Radivojevic's blast from the right circle beat Luongo on the stick side with
1.2 seconds to play to account for the final margin.
Vancouver grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals separated by 51
Alexandre Burrows had the puck behind the Minnesota net and centered it to
Kesler, who one-timed a shot between the pads of Fernandez 8:08 in.
Moments later, Mattias Ohlund fired a shot from the right point that Fernandez
made a save on, but Bulis was right on the doorstep and backhanded the puck in
for his third goal of the season.
The Wild, though, cut their deficit to 2-1 with 15 seconds left in the first
when Koivu took a shot from the right point that deflected off the skate of
White for a power-play goal.
The Wild host Nashville on Saturday...Vancouver travels to Colorado for a
contest on Saturday...Rolston has 32 shorthanded goals in his career, which
ties him for second place with Colorado's Joe Sakic among active players.
Columbus' Sergei Fedorov is in first place with 34 goals...Minnesota went
3-for-4 on the power play while Vancouver failed on its six power play
opportunities...Rolston is 1-for-2 on penalty shots in his career.
11/02 23:21:59 ET