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Recap: Wild Win in Vancouver

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The Minnesota Wild went into this afternoons game against the Vancouver Canucks with the hopes of going undefeated on their 3-game trip through Western Canada, and despite a late game push from the Canucks, the Wild would hold strong and earn the victory at the Rogers Center in Vancouver. The game started out a little slow, a little chippy, and the Wild were absolutely dominated in the shots department today. It was nice to see them fight through and emerge with the "W" in the end.

The first period had a lot of back-and-forth hockey early, with teams exchanging chances while both Ryan Miller for the Canucks and Devan Dubnyk for the Wild standing tall. Thomas Vanek had a couple of tip in chances but was unable to get one of them on net and another found Miller. About 5 minutes into the game Ryan Carter and Derek Dorsett decided to fight, just to say they fought I suppose as it had no other purpose. Then again, most fights in the NHL serve no real purpose, so we shouldn't really be surprised.

Shortly after the no-reason fight, Alex Burrows and Jason Zucker were given matching penalties for exchanging chili recipies after the whistle. Refs were trying to get on top of any of this chippyness that had started to filter into the game and not lets things get out of control. Each team would also be awarded a power play in the first period, but nothing came of either and we ended the period scoreless. Charlie Coyle and Jason Pominville probably pooched the Wild's best chance of the period when the pass-pass-pass attempt at the odd-man rush proved not to be as opportunistic as they hoped.

The second period brought us a little love for the Wilderness as the Wild were able to harness a 2 goal lead. Zach Parise would start the scoring with his 21st goal of the season when he beat Ryan Miller on what was a bit of a flukey goal. Parise's wrister was unassisted on the play, and Miller had one of those looks to him where you could tell he had no clue how that happened. No worries Mr. Miller, neither do any of us.

Shortly after that Alexander Edler would get flagged for high sticking Ryan Carter and put the Wild on a power play. Jared Spurgeon would capitalize with his 7th goal of the year on a slapshot that beats Miller through a screen and put the Wild up 2-0. Assists go to Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund as the Wild converted on just their 2nd PP of the game to that point.

Early in the period, Jonas Brodin would take what was just his 3rd penalty of the season when a scramble in front of the Wild's net put Brodin's stick in front of Derek Dorsett's legs. The Wild would kill the penalty (obviously) and roll on to take a 2-0 lead into the third period.The third period would bring a range of emotions for Wild fans. Early in the period and apparent goal from Alexander Edler would be called back after a review determined Radim Vrbata was in the crease and prevented Dubnyk from making a play on the shot. A few minutes later the Wild would tip the table back in their direction with an absolute blast of a shot from Thomas Vanek that found a home over Ryan Miller's right shoulder. The goal would put the Wild 3-0, which is for most teams enough to feel comfortable in the third period. We know better than that though.

Ronalds Kenins would get the Canucks on the scoreboard with a wrister that would beat Dubnyk. Just 61 seconds later, Daniel Sedin would make it a game again with a nice feed from Radim Vrbata behind the net and flip a wrister past Dubnyk. Things were getting pretty tense late in the game as the Canucks really were putting the pressure on. There would be no late game penalty against the Wild to help their cause though, and after an empty netter from Jason Zucker that put the Wild back up by 2, it was just a matter of clipping off the last 40 seconds of the game.

The Wild go 3-0 on their Western Canada road trip with a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks and seem to have found a little life that was lacking for much of the past several months of the season. As nice as it is to see the team winning, they are going to have to put in a lot more work if they want to even get a sniff of that 8th and final playoff spot. Next up for your Wild, a Tuesday night game against the Chicago Blackhawks back home at the Xcel Energy Center.

Enjoy your Foosball everybody!