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The Goods: Canucks lost in the Wild

by Colin Hope / Vancouver Canucks

Canucks lost in the Wild

The Canucks stumbled out the gate, giving up a goal in the opening minute, and could not recover, relinquishing their Northwest Division lead in a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.

Zack Parise's 10th of year came just 24 seconds into the game, completing a two-on-one opportunity with Mikko Koivu to give Minnesota the early lead.

Wild rookie Jason Zucker made it 2-0 Minnesota tapping in his 4th of the season with just over a minute remaining in the first period.

Jared Spurgeon's one-timer beat Cory Schneider on the power-play to make it 3-0 Minnesota at the 4:12 mark of the second period.

The Canucks cut the lead to 3-1 when Chris Higgins beat Nicklas Backstrom through the legs for his 7th of the year. Andrew Alberts picked up his first assist of the season on Higgins' goal.

Henrik Sedin scored his 6th of the year and third in three games, to bring the Canucks within one just over a minute into the third, but Zack Parise restored the two goal Wild lead five minutes later.

The Canucks now sit 6th in the Western Conference with 28 points and wrap up their three game road trip in Columbus on Tuesday.


Only things missing on this lazy Sunday? Mr. Pibb and Red Vines...crazy delicious

Jory's Jewels

Tweet of the Night - "Eight men in the penalty box between #Wild & #Canucks. PA Announcer Adam Abrams exhausted & cozy." - @rustykath. but the conversations he gets to overhear make it all worth while.
End of an Era - This was the last time the Wild hosted the Canucks in a Northwest division game with the NHL realigning the divisions next season.
State of Hockey - Minneapolis' Andrew Alberts, Baudette's Keith Ballard and Prior Lake's Jordan Schroeder all represented their homestate of Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center.
No #3- Kevin Bieksa did not dress for the sixth time in the last seven games with a groin injury. The defenceman did skate Sunday.
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