NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Minnesota
(Friday, October 14th)
Final Score: Vancouver 5, Minnesota 3
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Richard Park notched the game-winning goal early in the third period and Todd Bertuzzi added an empty-net tally, as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Minnesota Wild, 5-3, in the second of back-to- back games against Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center.
Park finished with a goal and two assists. Bertuzzi, Anson Carter, Markus Naslund and Ryan Kesler each had goals and Dan Cloutier had 10 saves for the Canucks, who won for just the second time in their last seven visits to Minnesota.
"Whenever you can contribute and win after a 6-0 loss, it's going to feel good," Park said. "More than anything I was really happy the way we came out as a team. We went out and dictated the play and did what we talked about before the game. I thought the team responded really well."
Wes Walz, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brian Rolston each scored and Dwayne Roloson stopped 36 of the 40 shots he faced for the Wild, who lost at home for the first time since March 28, 2004. The Wild beat Vancouver 6-0 on Wednesday.
Vancouver took the lead 1:15 into the third period after Park took a pass from Naslund at center ice and gained the blue-line down the left boards. Instead of passing, Park held the puck until he reached the left circle before unleashing a wrist shot that beat Roloson stick-side for the 4-3 advantage.
"It's one of those things, he likes to go far side," Roloson said. "He schooled me on it. All those years of practice and he got me."
Minnesota pulled Roloson with just over a minute remaining, but the Wild couldn't sustain any pressure. Bertuzzi intercepted a pass, skated into the Wild's zone and easily slid the puck into the open net with just over six seconds remaining in the contest.
The Canucks drew first blood, scoring on their first power play of the game. Carter fanned on a shot from the slot, but as Roloson tried to control the puck, it squirted directly back to Carter who slapped it past Roloson glove- side for a 1-0 lead just 4:24 into the game.
The Wild tied the game early in the second period after Filip Kuba and Pascal Dupuis had a two-on-one break. Kuba held the puck and wristed it on net after he entered the right circle. Walz, who was trailing the play, grabbed the rebound and pumped a backhand shot past Cloutier with 16:54 remaining in the period.
Minnesota took the lead just over five minutes later while on the power-play. Alexandre Daigle held the puck along the right board and passed it to the right corner to Randy Robitaille, who fed the puck in front of the net and hit a streaking Bouchard for the tap-in goal to make it 2-1.
Vancouver tied the game with just over five minutes remaining in the second period when Naslund gathered the puck along the left boards and skated behind the Minnesota net. Instead of skating through, however, Naslund did a spin move and deflected a backhand shot off the skate of Scott Ferguson past Roloson.
The Canucks regained the lead just over three minutes later when Kesler received a two-line pass from Park and broke in alone on Roloson. Kesler deked to his backhand and lifted a shot over Roloson just under the crossbar.
Undaunted, the Wild tied it while on the man advantage with 46 seconds left in the second after Rolston took a hard slap shot from the left point that beat Cloutier high to make it 3-3.
Vancouver outshot Minnesota 31-9 overwo periods and 41-13 for the game...The Wild scored two power-play goals on two shots and ended 2-for-3 on the man advantage...The Canucks went 1- for-6 on the power play after going 0-for-8 on the power-play on Wednesday...Bertuzzi, who missed 17 months after being suspended for a vicious cheap shot on Colorado's Steve Moore that left him with a concussion and broken bones in his neck, scored his first goal of the season in the third period...Minnesota has killed off 31 of 33 power plays in the first five games and is 7-for-22 with the extra skater.
10/14 23:55:26 ET