G Niklas Backstrom
made 29 saves to become Minnesota’s all-time wins leader, RW Antti Miettinen tallied two goals and an assist and C Mikko Koivu
added a goal and a helper, as the Wild used another big third period to top the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 in front of 18,356, completing a perfect four-game homestand at Xcel Energy Center. C Kyle Brodziak
and Koivu scored on the Wild’s first two shots, and RW Owen Nolan also tallied a goal for Minnesota, which begins a three-game road trip Thursday in St. Louis.
G Niklas Backstrom
made 29 saves to notch his 114th career win (114-59-25), moving past Manny Fernandez for the most wins in Wild history. Backstrom earned his 114th win in his 209th game; it took Fernandez 260 to reach 113. Backstrom improved to 28-6-8 with a 1.79 GAA and a .932 SV% in his career at home against NW Division opponents, allowing two goals or less 32 times in 42 decisions.
RW Antti Miettinen registered his seventh career two-goal game, and his sixth career three-point game. Miettinen now has 11 goals, his
fifth straight season reaching double digits. Miettinen’s third-period power-play goal, also the game winner, snapped the Wild’s 0-for-20 power-play skid versus the Canucks. Miettinen has a new career-high four game-winning goals to lead the Wild.
C Kyle Brodziak
scored his sixth goal of the season to extend his point streak to a career-high five games (2-4=6).
LW Guillaume Latendresse
registered an assist to push his point streak to a new career-best of five games (4-5=9). Latendresse has 16 points (10-6=16) in 22 games with Minnesota, after recording three points (2-1=3) in 23 games with Montreal this season. The Wild is 16-6-0 with Latendresse in the lineup, and 9-1-0 when he has a point.
C Mikko Koivu
scored his 13th goal of the season to tie for the team lead, and added an assist. The Wild is 18-3-1 when Koivu scores a goal, dating back to Dec. 19, 2008, and is 8-3-0 this season when he has two or more points. Koivu leads the Wild with 44 points (13-31=44).
D Nick Schultz had an assist, giving him five helpers in the last six games. Schultz has 12 assists – one off his career-high, set in 2007-08.
D Marek Zidlicky tallied an assist and now has 11 points (1-10=11) in his last 11 games. Zidlicky also earned his second +3 rating as a member of the Wild (Nov. 28, 2008, against Tampa Bay). His career-high is +4.
The Wild scored the game’s first two goals, which marked Minnesota’s first 2-0 lead since Nov. 12 at Tampa Bay, a game the Wild lost 4-2. Minnesota scored first for just the eighth time in the last 28 games.
The Wild has won four straight games overall, following a four-game losing streak. Minnesota’s season-high winning streak is five games, Nov. 27-Dec. 5. The Wild is within two points of eighth place in the Western Conference.
Minnesota won its fourth straight home game, tying a season-high (Nov. 27-Dec. 15). The Wild improved to 16-6-1 at Xcel Energy Center this season and is 22-6-5 in its last 33 games at home dating back to Feb.19, 2009.
The Wild beat the Canucks for the first time in the last six meetings (1-4-1), having not won since Jan. 31, 2009. Minnesota, 2-7-1 in the last 10 meetings overall, snapped an 0-3-1 home skid versus the Canucks. Minnesota earned its largest win over Vancouver since a 4-0 decision March 28, 2008. The Wild scored five times against the Canucks for the first time since a 5-2 win on Jan. 11, 2007.
Vancouver entered the night outscoring its opponents 56-31 in the third period. However, the Wild added three in the third tonight and has outscored its opponents 9-1 in the third period of its four-game winning streak. For the season, Minnesota has outscored its opponents by a 47-38 mark in the third – its only period outscoring its opponent.
RW Martin Havlat had his eight-game point streak snapped – one shy of his career-high and two off the Wild’s team record.