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Game 36: Wild Ending

by Daniel Fung / Vancouver Canucks
Games against the Wild have typically not lived up to their namesake over the years but Tuesday night was a different story. Unfortunately for the Canucks they probably would have preferred a less eventful outing.

Jason Pominville scored the lone marker in the shootout to lift the Wild to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Canucks at the Xcel Energy Center.

The loss snapped the Canucks' season-high seven-game win streak although Vancouver still managed to pick up a point for the eighth straight game.

For two-and-a-half periods, the game went according to most typical outings involving the Wild – a low-scoring affair with few chances to speak of.

Jannik Hansen and Zach Parise traded goals in the opening frame while David Booth's second period marker gave the Canucks a lead they would carry into the third period before Charlie Coyle squared the game at 2-2 with a hard wrister coming from the right faceoff circle that just managed to squeak five-hole and past Roberto Luongo.

That goal would set off a flurry of chances – mostly for Minnesota – that would force the Canucks to hang on for dear life before managing to extend the game to a shootout where they would eventually fall.

Luongo stopped 30 of 32 shots through regulation and overtime but, despite managing to go the distance in net for the first time in four tries at the Xcel Energy Center, still saw his career record in Minnesota fall to 3-9-3.

Wild netminder Josh Harding made 29 saves on 31 shots through regulation and overtime, and held out all three Canucks' shootout attempts, for the victory.

The Canucks continue their three-game road trip on Thursday in Dallas.

3 FOR 6:
Since being re-called from Utica (AHL), Yannick Weber has become a point-producing machine. The Swiss blue-liner recorded a point for the third consecutive game since his return with an assist on David Booth's second period tally. It's the first time in his NHL career that he has recorded points in three straight games. With Chris Higgins failing to record a point tonight, Weber is now in a three-way tie with Daniel Sedin and Booth for the longest active point streak onthe team at three games.

RYAN DOWN: As if losing a game in which they never trailed wasn't bad enough, the Canucks suffered an even more devastating loss on Tuesday with defenceman Ryan Stanton leaving with an left leg injury. Stanton was taken into the end boards dangerously by Wild forward Zenon Konopka early in the second period and crashed awkwardly leg first. He took one more shift after the injury but would not return after. Konopka was only assessed a two-minute minor for tripping. Stanton has played in every game for the Canucks this season.

NOTES AND NUMBERS: Tom Sestito returned to the lineup after missing three games with an undisclosed injury... Dan Hamhuis had a team-high 30:46 of ice-time. He also had a season-high six shots. Only Minnesota's Ryan Suter had more ice-time than Hamhuis on Tuesday with 32:34... The Canucks are just 1-4 in shootouts this season and have scored on just two of 18 shootout attempts overall.

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