THREE! Count 'em three times. The Wild scored three power play goals en route to a dominating 6-2 win on home ice against former Northwest Division rival Vancouver Canucks. Minnesota forechecked all night, forced turnovers from the Canucks in their own zone, and kept most of the Canucks' limited shots to the outside on the way to victory.
The Wild started a shooting gallery on Vancouver starter Ryan Miller early and often. In the first period alone Minnesota put 17 on goal. Darcy Kuemper looked to make saves with relative ease, as he saw the net in starting fashion after earning another chance with three solid goaltending performances last week on the road. Kuemper's shutout streak was stopped on a mis-played pass to his defense ended up getting put in to the net before Darcy could get back to his crease. Later, the second goal Kuemper allowed would come from Daniel Sedin on a bad turnover that created an odd-man chance down low.
Thomas Vanek got with Wild rolling early when he deflected the puck around Miller who was down in his butterfly. Zach Parise and Jason Pominville would both get assists on the goal. Jason Zucker would then get one of his own by jamming past Miller while he was down in front of the goal crease. It was a much needed goal for the kid to snap a 10-game point drought. Mikko Koivu and Vanke got credit for the assists on that one.
In the second period, Parise got a power play goal after not one, not two, but the third time. Even more crazy was that his goal was shot that came from below the goal line in the right corner. Koivu and Vanek each got an assist on that goal (catching the pattern here?) Mikko would net his 150th career goal on a centering from - you guessed it - Thomas Vanek. That would be Vanek's fourth point of the game in just another fantastic game from 26. Koivu would get his fourth point of the night when Ryan Suter would score on the power play with a snip from the high slot. Vanek set a screen in front of Miller and Miller never saw the puck on Suter's shot. All Suter needed to do was pick the corner and be accurate.
Marco Scandella would net his fourth goal of the season on a snap shot from the point. The play was a patented "Wild over passing" passing play, but the puck eventually ended up in the back of the net, so Mike Yeo won't have to channel his inner Lou Brown, the Manager from the movie Major League, and tell them to. "never f**king do it again."
Minnesota still continued to forecheck and keep the Canucks mostly at bay. They finished with 41 shots on goal. Derek Dorsett is a meat head. He wanted to fight Nate Prosser all game long. He finally got what he wanted after boarding Prosser behind the Wild net, and Prosser decided to dance. Normally, instigating a fight within the last five minutes of a game would get an instigator penalty and be subject to supplemental discipline, but the officiating crew didn't it. There was an event against the Avalanche last season where it seemed like Patrick Roy intimidated the officials into not calling the extra penalty. This was very reminiscent of that, without the intimidation part.
So if you were keeping track, that was six goals by six different goal scorers, and Vanek and Koivu each had a four point night. Parise had three points of his own, and the Wild completely owned the Canucks.