NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Minnesota
(Saturday, October 18th)
Final Score: Vancouver 2, Minnesota 2
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Henrik Sedin scored with 1:32 left in the third period to lift Vancouver to a 2-2 tie with Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center.
Markus Naslund also scored for the Canucks, who are winless in their last three games (0-2-1). Johan Hedberg made 16 saves for Vancouver.
Jim Dowd and Matt Johnson tallied for the Wild, who played the Canucks for the first time since beating them in seven games in the second round of last spring's Western Conference playoffs. The Wild lost to Anaheim in the conference finals.
Dwayne Roloson stopped 22-of-24 shots for Minnesota.
The Canucks evened the game on Sedin's power-play goal with only 1:32 left in regulation. Brent Sopel took a slap shot from the left point that was stopped by Roloson, but the netminder left a rebound out in front. Daniel Sedin got his stick on the puck and slid a pass across the crease to his brother and Henrik tapped it in for the equalizer.
In overtime, Vancouver outshot Minnesota 5-3, but neither team could score.
Minnesota had the game's first chance as Antti Laaksonen was awarded a penalty shot early in the first period. However, Hedberg was up to the task as he made a sliding pad save to keep the game scoreless.
Vancouver was able to get the game's first goal with 2:02 left in the opening stanza as Naslund beat Roloson for his second goal of the year. Todd Bertuzzi had the puck behind the net and fed a pass in front for Naslund. The winger then put a deke move on Roloson to get the netminder on the ice and slid the puck into the net.
The Wild tied the game at 1-1 on Dowd's power-play tally with 15:28 left in the second. Dowd took a pass from Sergei Zholtok and one-timed a shot from the top of the left circle that hit a Canucks' defender and found its way into the net.
Minnesota went ahead 2-1 on Johnson's score midway through the middle period. Dowd fired a slap shot from the left circle that was knocked down in front. Johnson was able to corral the loose puck and he slid it past Hedberg for the goal, which was his second of the season.
Minnesota is 2-0-2 in its last four regular-season games against Vancouver...The Canucks were just 1-for-8 on the power play, while Minnesota converted once in five tries with the extra skater.
10/18 22:53:48 ET