|VAN||1||0||1||(0 - 0)||2|
|MIN||3||3||0||(0 - 0)||6|
Roberto Luongo's woes in Minnesota continued on Tuesday night.
Marek Zidlicky had a goal and a pair of assists, and the Wild scored three times on the power play en route to a 6-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at the Xcel Energy Center.
Guillaume Latendresse, Cal Clutterbuck, John Madden, Andrew Brunette and Matt Cullen also scored for the Wild, who entered the game with the league's best power play at 38.1 percent, and was 3 for 3 with the man advantage.
"The whole team played well," Madden said.
In his last three starts in Minnesota, Luongo is now 0-3 with a 7.00 goals-against average and a .768 save percentage. Daniel Sedin scored twice for Vancouver, which fell to 2-3-1.
The win came just two days after the Wild endured a grueling practice Sunday by coach Todd Richards after a lackluster performance in Saturday's 3-2 home loss to Columbus.
Things didn't look good early -- Sedin scored 58 seconds into the game, converting a cross-crease pass from Henrik Sedin, who spun around to deke a Wild defender. But Minnesota scored twice in less than 2 minutes to take a 2-1 lead before the midpoint of the opening period.
Zidlicky tied the game on the power play at 6:04 when his slap shot from atop the left circle beat Luongo, who was screened by Brunette. Latendresse charged in from the left side, and, after a big rebound off the end boards, his shot glanced off Luongo and trickled over the goal line at 7:20 to put the Wild ahead to stay.
"Coming into the game I was curious as to what we were going to get, and the players, to me, made a statement and responded to the challenge we as coaches threw at them," Richards said.
Luongo, who has allowed 14 goals in his past three starts, is 3-9-2 in Minnesota, his worst loss total in a visiting arena. He was replaced by Cory Schneider to start the third period.
"He was like the rest of our team. Everybody in that room, starting with me, could do a better job," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said.
Clutterbuck scored his power-play goal late in the first period, tipping home a cross-crease pass from Latendresse, who executed a give-and-go with Martin Havlat entering the Vancouver end.
Eleven of Minnesota's 16 goals this season have come on the power play.
"We just kept going. We knew we had a lot in us and could play good hockey," Clutterbuck said.
Madden and Brunette scored even-strength goals in the second for a 5-1 Wild lead, before a Cullen slap shot beat Luongo 8 seconds into a Minnesota power play after Rypien's incident.
Sedin scored his second late in the third period.
There was an incident involving Canucks forward Rick Rypien and a fan near the Vancouver bench in the second period. Rypien and Minnesota's Brad Staubitz, who fought in the opening period, were about to square off in the second period before being separated by the linesmen in front of the Wild bench.
As Rypien, who was assessed a double minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct, was pulled by linesman Don Henderson toward the Vancouver bench, he appeared to push the official.
On his way down the tunnel to the dressing room, Rypien pushed a Wild fan who was applauding at the railing. Rypien was quickly pulled away by teammate Manny Malhotra. The fan was removed from the area. Rypien was in the penalty box to start the third period, but did not get any ice time. He was unavailable for comment after the game.
"We'll wait and see how the League views it," Vancouver GM Mike Gillis said. "I'm sure there will be a hearing of some sort."
Material from wire services was used in this report
|Daniel Sedin (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Henrik Sedin (8), Alexander Edler (4)|
1 - 0 VAN
|PPG - Marek Zidlicky (1) Slapshot - ASST: Matt Cullen (5), Antti Miettinen (3)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Guillaume Latendresse (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Justin Falk (1), Martin Havlat (4)|
2 - 1 MIN
|PPG - Cal Clutterbuck (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Guillaume Latendresse (1), Martin Havlat (5)|
3 - 1 MIN
|John Madden (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Brent Burns (1), Nick Schultz (1)|
4 - 1 MIN
|Andrew Brunette (2) Snap shot - ASST: Marek Zidlicky (2), Antti Miettinen (4)|
5 - 1 MIN
|PPG - Matt Cullen (3) Slapshot - ASST: Mikko Koivu (4), Marek Zidlicky (3)|
6 - 1 MIN
|PPG - Daniel Sedin (6) Snap shot - ASST: Henrik Sedin (9), Mikael Samuelsson (5)|
6 - 2 MIN
|Cal Clutterbuck Interference against Ryan Kesler|
|Christian Ehrhoff Slashing against Kyle Brodziak|
|Greg Zanon Interference against Jannik Hansen|
|Brad Staubitz Fighting (maj) against Rick Rypien|
|Rick Rypien Fighting (maj) against Brad Staubitz|
|Mikael Samuelsson Cross checking against Greg Zanon|
|Eric Nystrom Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Rick Rypien Misconduct (10 min) against Brad Staubitz|
|Rick Rypien Roughing against Brad Staubitz|
|Rick Rypien Roughing against Brad Staubitz|
|Brad Staubitz Roughing against Rick Rypien|
|Matt Cullen Hooking against Henrik Sedin|
|Matt Cullen Hooking against Ryan Kesler|
|Nick Schultz Hi-sticking against Tanner Glass|