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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 3, Canucks 2

Power play strikes three times as Minnesota snaps three-game skid Tuesday in Vancouver

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 3-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Tuesday night:

1. The Wild's power play was again on point.

Each of its goals Tuesday came via the man advantage, with Zach Parise getting Minnesota on the board in the first period, then Ryan Suter and Jason Zucker scored 55 seconds apart with the extra attacker in the second.

Video: MIN@VAN: Parise redirects Dumba's blast on power play 

The Canucks jumped ahead early on a goal by Josh Leivo 7:02 into the contest. Parise's deflection off a Matt Dumba point shot 14 seconds into the Wild's first power play of the night tied the game.

Tyler Motte's rebound try gave the Canucks the lead again just shy of the contest's midway mark before the night's ultimate turning point.

After Jordan Greenway drew his second penalty of the game, Parise was crosschecked in the back, giving the Wild a minute of 5-on-3 time. 

Video: MIN@VAN: Zucker redirects Suter's shot for PPG

Eight seconds later, Suter's one-timer from the left point got through traffic in front to tie the game. Less than a minute after that, Zucker wired his own one-timer from the right circle past goaltender Anders Nilsson, giving Minnesota its first lead of the game. 

It marked the second time this season the Wild scored three power-play goals in a single game (Oct. 30 at Edmonton), and Minnesota now has 11 power-play goals over its past 10 games, ranking fifth in the NHL in that category since Nov. 13. 

2. Zucker seems to be getting the offense going. 

Now 27 games into the season, Zucker has nine goals, a pace that would put him close to his career-best of 33 goals last season. 

Video: MIN@VAN: Zucker pots second PPG in 55 seconds

Of his nine goals this season, three have come in the past six games. 

Zucker now has two power-play goals this season after scoring seven in 82 games a year ago. 

3. Minnesota snapped a three-game losing skid. 

The streak, which was the longest of the season for Minnesota, marked the first time all year the Wild had dropped three in a row of any kind. 

It was a solid start to an important road trip for the Wild, which continues Thursday and Friday with back-to-back games in Alberta -- Thursday in Calgary and Friday in Edmonton. 


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