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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 Place.

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 forehand.

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 second stanza.

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 session.

Game Notes

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


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