Their top three players, Markus Naslund, Daniel Sedin
, and Henrik Sedin
combined for two goals and five points on the night, propelling their team to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory in overtime.
It’s that type of performance the Canucks need from their top line in order to win games down the stretch and secure a playoff spot, and Tuesday’s win might go a long way to doing just that.
Danny scored his second game-winner in a row against the Wild 3:18 into overtime after finishing off the Oilers Saturday night.
Tuesday’s night’s goal was his team leading 26th of the season. He also hit 60 points on the OT marker.
“Tonight we played a really good game,” he said. “I think we deserved the two points tonight.”
Finishing the game off in overtime was important, considering the Wild’s knack for winning in the shootout.
Five days ago, the Wild beat Vancouver in a shootout, and the Canucks didn’t want to see a repeat of that. Henrik Sedin
had a hand in knocking off the Wild before they could make it to the breakaway competition, as he assisted on his brother’s winning goal.
It was his second assist of the night, and team-leading 50th of the season. He also leads the team in the point category with 62.
Hank also made a notable contribution in the faceoff circle, winning 14 of 22 attempts, a 64% conversion rate.
“Winning faceoffs was key tonight,” said Daniel. “If you don’t win faceoffs against these guys, it’s tough. You’re not going to have the puck a lot.”
Particularly in the first and second periods, the Canucks dominated attack-zone time, and that was a major reason that they managed to outshoot the Wild 37-22.
As for Markus Naslund, he notched the tying goal with 5:19 left in the third period.
The captain got his own rebound on the power play and pulled an IKEA: He shelfed it. It was only fitting since he’s from Sweden.
Since the beginning of February the Canucks have played eight games, and Naslund and the Sedins have scored a combined 27 points over that period.
Naslund has scored five goals and three assists in that stretch, with two particularly clutch tallies. Tuesday night’s tying goal against Minnesota is one, and a goal back on February 10th against Chicago when he tied it up with 1:18 left in the third is another. The Canucks went on to win both.
The top performance from the top line couldn’t have come at a better time, since it was against the division rival Wild.
“It was a must win,” said Danny. “They got one point tonight, but at least we got the win. We’re still in it, so hopefully we can get a few wins together now and push for the Northwest Division.”