For the second straight game the Vancouver Canucks opened the scoring and outplayed their opposition early only to give up the lead and eventually the win in a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild Monday night at Rogers Arena.
After a scoreless opening frame, Vancouver got the monkey off its back with a power play goal 10:18 into the second; Henrik Sedin followed the bouncing puck and put it past Niklas Backstrom to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead.
Despite chance after chance after chance, the Canucks were unable to crack Backstrom, who finished with 22 saves, the rest of the game. The Wild responded with a power play goal to close out the second and a pair of goals six minutes apart early in the third to ice the game 3-1 and take a two-point lead on the Canucks in the Northwest Division standings.
Roberto Luongo made 22 saves in dropping his second consecutive regulation game at Rogers Arena.
No rest of the wicked, the Canucks are back at it Tuesday night with the St. Louis Blues in town.
AND ANOTHER THING...
A popcorn sacrifice was made on behalf of a Canucks win. And they lost. Brutal.
Tweet of the Night - "Passes like that one continue to make Henrik Sedin worth the price of admission." - @SportsnetSpec. Sorry, but you're going to have to be much, much, much more specific.
This and that - Henrik Sedin's power play goal in the second period was Vancouver's first since February 21st in Dallas; this game marked the last time the Canucks and Wild will face off as Northwest Division rivals because of NHL realignment next season - it was the 73rd all-time meeting with Vancouver leading the series 38-24-11.
Kiss this, kiss cam - Apparently not everyone loves the ol' kiss cam. During a stoppage in play midway through the second period a man and woman were shown on the kiss cam, he turned his head, would not kiss her and eventually flipped off the camera to the massive laugh of the entire arena. A kiss cam first.
15,000 and counting -
Monday's tilt with Minnesota marked the 1,500th NHL game for Canucks head athletic trainer Mike Burnstein. He's currently in his 18th season with the Canucks and helps make this team a family. Read about his career here