NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Vancouver
(Thursday, January 11th)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Vancouver 2
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Brian Rolston had a goal and two assists to guide the Minnesota Wild past the Vancouver Canucks, 5-2, at General Motors Place.
Marian Gaborik scored twice and Manny Fernandez came up with 24 saves for the Wild, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Taylor Pyatt and Willie Mitchell both had goals for Vancouver, which had a seven-game winning streak come to an end. Roberto Luongo allowed five goals on 38 shots in defeat.
"It was a weird game - I can't pinpoint one save," said Fernandez. "I think both goalies came out with some pretty good saves. I felt like Lou (Roberto Luongo) had a really good game tonight - if it wasn't for him it could have been a lot worse."
The Wild capitalized on a power-play opportunity 3:09 into the contest to open up the scoring. Rolston's heavy shot missed the target but the rebound kicked off the back wall and into the slot for Gaborik, who backhanded it past Luongo.
Rolston made it a 2-0 contest with 7:24 remaining in the first with a rebound putback.
Minnesota took advantage of yet another power play early in the second, with Branko Radivojevic tipping in a Rolston feed to make it a three-goal game.
Vancouver came storming back with two unanswered markers to close the deficit to one. Pyatt got the Canucks on the board 11:55 into the second, as he one- timed a Ryan Kesler feed past Fernandez from the doorstep. Less than three minutes later, Mitchell swooped toward the net and knocked a Markus Naslund shot out of midair for a redirection goal.
Minnesota, though, countered with two goals in the third to ice the game.
Gaborik netted his sixth goal of the year at the 5:17 mark, as his backhander made it through traffic in the crease and past Luongo. Wes Walz then capped the scoring with 6:23 to play, as he broke behind the defense, put a move on the goaltender and then tucked the puck inside the right post.
"They went up 2-0 and when they get the lead they are tough team to play against," said Naslund. "Against a discipline team like Minnesota, I think we were making too many turnovers and it cost us."
Luongo was in net during the entire seven-game win streak, making him just the second goalie in Canuck history to win seven or more in one campaign. Dan Cloutier won nine straight back in 2002...Minnesota was 2-for-4 on the power play, while Vancouver was 0-for-2.
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