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Road-Weary Wild Drop a Close One in British Coumbia

"Captain" Roberto Luongo (the league doesn't allow goalies to be captains, so he doesn't perform the post's duties) stars in goal this time for the Canucks, though he starts this game with a 2-4 record so far.

The Wild found themselves on the defensive within the first nimute and a half, after a desperate trip of a Canuck rushing the Wild's goal, but successfully kept the Canucks from coming away with a goal..
Minnesota returned the favor around 6 minutes later, Pouliot having a coule of good shots at Luongo, but the score remained tied at nil.
A puck deflected off a defender's skate slipped between Luongo's legs put the Wild on the board with 9:15 minutes to go in the 1st. This gave Minnesota's Belanger a five-game assist streak.
Vancouver had a good chance to score after catching the Wild short on a change, but noone was able to pull the trigger.
Both teams peppered the other's goal during the last five minutes to little effect other than keeping the scorekeepers busy.

The Canucks came out pressuring the Wild, but Backstrom had several great rejections in the first five minutes until 15:38 remaining , the goal being Phil Kessell's 3rd of the season.
Minneapoils went on the defensive again, but they best Canuck attemot was stopped by Backstrom.
The best power play attack in the league couldn't get the puck past Backstrom, who had a couple of brilliant saves during the 2 minte advantage.
Shots with 1:47 left were 26-8 in favor of the Canucks.

The Wild take a penalty again early, the fourth for Vancouver, in which Minnesota almost had a short-handed score... but unfortunately things would go in the Canuck's favor this time.
A bit of a scuffle in the Wild's defensive zone would put Minnesota on the power play immediately after. They had 3 shots on goal, but nothing could find its way in the opposing goal.
Zidlicky's stick was too high with 9 minutes left, putting the Canucks on on the power play for the fifth time, but the Wild's goalkeeper kept the puck from his goal with his 34th save of the night.
The Wild were looking for the equilizer with 5:47 left, going on their second power play, but it was not to be.
Goaltender interfance was called on the Canucks immediately after coming off the last, the Wild pulling their netminder in the last minute for a two-man advantage. They were lucky not to give up an empty-netter, and time was almost up so Backstrom went back onto the ice for the final twenty seconds.

Vancounver wins 2-1. The Wild go back home finally to play Colorado.