Host Minnesota beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2. The Canucks are 1-3-2 in their past six NHL games.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Zach Parise cautioned against reading too much into the Minnesota Wild’s 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.
The Wild moved into a first-place tie in points with its Northwest Division rival, recorded its fifth straight game with a point, and led for all but 24 seconds. But Parise didn’t bite when asked if it was a statement game.
“It’s hard to look at the standings all the time with just the way it goes, you go overnight from fourth to 12th,” Parise said after scoring two goals and adding an assist for his 25th NHL three-point game.
Minnesota won its fourth consecutive home game and beat the Canucks for the first time in three tries this season.
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“Our guys were ready for this one, for sure,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said.
Cory Schneider made 28 saves, and Henrik Sedin and Chris Higgins scored for the Canucks, who fell to 1-3-2 in their past six games.
“It’s tough right now, we’re being tested and that’s why we need each and every guy in here to pull along,” said Daniel Sedin, Henrik’s twin.
Vancouver came up empty in four power plays and hasn’t scored a goal in its last 20 man-advantage situations.
Daniel Sedin said it falls on him and his brother to get the power play back on track.
“We’re leaders on this team, and this is the game I think we could’ve gotten ourselves back into it if our power play’s getting off,” he said.
“We’re two guys. We can make that happen.”