VANCOUVER, B.C. – Justin Fontaine’s goal in the seventh round of the shootout gave the Minnesota Wild a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.
Fontaine went wide on Eddie Lack and slid the puck under the Vancouver goaltender.
Darcy Kuemper preserved the victory by denying Vancouver’s final shooter, David Booth, as he attempted a spin-o-rama shot.
Kuemper, one night after a 3-0 shutout victory in Edmonton, stopped all seven attempts by the Canucks in the shootout after making 30 saves through overtime.
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“For him to stand tall the way he did, unbelievable,” defenseman Nate Prosser told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. “He stepped up huge, especially in that shootout. He was a machine.”
The Wild won its fourth straight, while the Canucks dropped to 1-7-1 in their last nine games.
Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler and Minnesota’s Zach Parise exchanged first-period goals.
“All those shootouts in practice aren’t working, I guess,” Kesler told The Vancouver Sun. “We have to figure out something else. It’s frustrating to lose points on shootouts.”
Blues acquire Miller, Ott
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Once the shock and emotions of leaving Buffalo and the Sabres began to wear off, goaltender Ryan Miller began looking forward to the challenge he and Steve Ott will face in living up to St. Louis’ expectations.
Sabres no more, Miller and Ott are going from the NHL’s worst team to a bona fide Stanley Cup contender after being traded to the Central Division-leading Blues in a five-player, two-draft-pick deal.