Matt Cullen had two goals and an assist for Minnesota, and the Wild let its sputtering offense loose by dominating the Vancouver Canucks from start to finish with 45 shots on net in a 5-1 victory Thursday night.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Matt Cullen had two goals and an assist for Minnesota, and the Wild let its sputtering offense loose by dominating the Vancouver Canucks from start to finish with 45 shots on net in a 5-1 victory Thursday night.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored and had two assists and Guillaume Latendresse and Marco Scandella also had goals for the Wild, which won its third straight game, all with backup Josh Harding in goal. He made 24 saves against the Canucks.
Defenseman Dan Hamhuis gave Vancouver the game’s first goal just 2:20 in.
But Harding wasn’t fazed, and the Wild’s young blue-liners played another relentless game in front of him. Their effort not only shut down the Sedin twins and struggling star Ryan Kesler, but it helped fuel a frenetic attack by the forwards on their way to a franchise record for most shots on goal in a home game.
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With Vancouver’s defense continually breaking down without stalwart Sami Salo, who was scratched with a sore groin muscle, the Wild scored three times in the second period and peppered Cory Schneider with 22 shots.
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