NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Minnesota
(Wednesday, October 12th)
Final Score: Minnesota 6, Vancouver 0
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Matt Foy scored his first two career goals to help the Minnesota Wild rout the Vancouver Canucks 6-0 at the Xcel Energy Center.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored on a penalty shot in the third period and Marc Chouinard, Brian Rolston and Andrei Zyuzin added goals for the Wild, who avoided a three-game losing streak.
Randy Robitaille had two assists for Minnesota, and goaltender Dwayne Roloson stopped all 33 shots he faced for his first shutout of the year.
Vancouver went 0-8 on the power play and is now a combined 0-13 over its last two games on extra-man chances.
"The guys are doing an exceptional job on the penalty killing," said Minnesota head coach Jacques Lemaire, whose team came in ranked second in that category.
Goaltender Dan Cloutier gave up all six goals for the Canucks on just 28 Wild shots.
The Wild took advantage of a power-play opportunity early in the first period to assume a 1-0 lead. Shortly after Todd Bertuzzi was whistled for a hooking infraction, Zyuzin unleashed a slapshot from just inside the blue line that deflected off of a defender's stick and over Cloutier's left shoulder at the 3:05 mark.
Minnesota outshot Vancouver 11-3 in the first period and amassed five scoring chances, but were unable to up the lead any further.
The Wild would continue to pressure, though, and cashed in midway through the second. Cloutier made a kick-save on a Rolston shot, but it came right out to Chouinard, who punched it into the wide-open right side of the net.
Later in the stanza, Robitaille fed a pass from behind the goal line to Foy in the slot, who one-timed it home to give the Wild a 3-0 lead.
Midway through the third period, Bouchard was hauled down on a breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot, which he converted on with a quick wrister that snuck under Cloutier's right leg.
Foy notched his second NHL goal minutes later when his centering feed from behind the net bounced off of Cloutier's skate and in.
Rolston rounded out the scoring with a slapshot goal at the 18:35 mark.
"It was one of those cases where anything you tried didn't end up working out well. We have to quickly regroup from this," said Canucks head coach Marc Crawford.
Minnesota will host the Canucks again on Friday...The home team is unbeaten in the last nine meetings in this series...The Wild are 3-0-2 in their last five games against Vancouver, and 4-0-1 in their last five at home in this matchup.
10/12 23:41:57 ET