LW David Booth scored two unassisted goals to lead Vancouver to a 5-2 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 19,014 fans Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center. C Charlie Coyle scored for Minnesota, while G Darcy Kuemper made nine saves in the loss before being replaced by Ilya Bryzgalov, who stopped five shots. Next up, Minnesota begins a four-game road trip starting in St. Louis on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota saw its streak of four straight wins against Vancouver come to an end, the longest win streak against the Canucks in Wild history. Minnesota moved to 32-30-14 all-time against Vancouver, including 20-14-5 at Xcel Energy Center.
Minnesota moved to 23-9-5 at Xcel Energy Center this season. Overall, the Wild failed to earn a point for just the fourth time since the beginning of February (8-4-5).
C Charlie Coyle netted the opening goal for the Wild, tallying his third consecutive goal in as many games. He has four points in his last three contests (3-1=4) and has 24 points (10-14=24) in 61 matches this season.
RW Nino Niederreiter scored his 13th goal of the season. He has totaled 34 points in 73 games this season.
D Jared Spurgeon earned the primary assist on Coyle’s goal. He has now tied his career high of 23 points (4-14=23) in a season – last done in 2011-12 (2-20=23). He has 11 points in his last 16 games (3-8=11).
D Ryan Suter assisted on Niederreiter’s goal to stretch his point streak to four games (1-3=4), having now recorded a point in six of the last seven games (1-5=6). His 34 assists rank 10th amongst all NHL defensemen and his 41 points are T-15th.
C Mikko Koivu recorded an assist on Coyle’s goal. He has 17 points (2-15=17) in his last 17 games and leads the Wild in assists this season, totaling 44 points (9-35=44) in 56 games. He also leads the Wild with 30 career points (10-20=30) in 47 matches against the Canucks.
C Erik Haula earned an assist on Niederreiter’s goal. He has eight points (3-5=8) in 37 games with Minnesota during his rookie season.
C Cody McCormick registered his first penalty minutes in a Wild uniform for fighting in the first period. He ranked sixth on the Buffalo Sabres with 45 penalty minutes before being traded to Minnesota March 5.
G Darcy Kuemper made nine saves in his 24th start, before being replaced in net by Ilya Bryzgalov to start the third period. Kuemper earned the loss, moving to 12-7-4 this season, including 7-3-2 in Saint Paul.
LW David Booth scored twice for Vancouver, while RW Zack Kassian, LW Daniel Sedin and C Ryan Kesler also scored for the Canucks. G Eddie Lack made 29 saves to earn the win in net.