NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Vancouver|
(Sunday, March 4th)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Minnesota 3 (SO)
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Daniel Sedin scored the decisive goal in the
shootout to lift Vancouver to a 4-3 victory over Minnesota at General Motors
Jeff Cowan tallied two goals and Roberto Luongo allowed three goals on 31
shots for the Canucks, who have won two straight.
Niklas Backstrom had 32 saves while Pavol Demitra and Mikko Koivu each had two
assists for the Wild, who have lost two of their last three.
With the shootout tied at 2-2, Sedin quickly skated in on goal and faked a
backhander in tight, tucking the puck just inside the left post on his
Pierre-Marc Bouchard then had to score for Minnesota to keep the shootout
alive, but his wrister was swatted aside by Luongo with his blocker as the
Canucks picked up the extra point.
The Wild struck first and took a 1-0 lead 6:55 into the opening period after
Branko Radivojevic pounced on a loose puck in front and fired the disc past a
sprawled out Luongo.
With 2:02 remaining in the first, Sami Salo tied the game at 1-1 after
blasting a slap shot from the right point past a screened Backstrom for his
11th tally of the season.
Marian Gaborik gave the Wild a 2-1 edge after scoring 40 seconds into the
Cowan responded for the Canucks to even the score at 2-2 after netting his
second goal of the season at 2:44 of the second. From the high slot, Willie
Mitchell unleashed a wrister that Cowan tipped past Backstrom from just
outside the crease.
Cowan's second goal of the game put Vancouver in front, 3-2 at the 12:42
mark of the second. Once again, it was Mitchell firing a shot from the point
that Cowan re-directed into the net over Backstrom's right shoulder.
Down a goal in the third, the Wild only managed three shots on net in the
first 10 minutes of the period.
With 5:31 left in the third, Minnesota tied the score at 3-3 after Kim
Johnsson netted a power-play goal. Johnsson took a pass from Demitra in front
and flicked the puck into the top right corner of the net.
Neither team managed to generate a quality scoring chance in the extra
Mitchell and Cowan both recorded their first multi-point games of the
season...Minnesota went 1-for-4 on the power play while the Canucks failed to
score in two chances with the man advantage.
03/05 01:16:23 ET