The Minnesota Wild took sole possession of the Northwest Division lead with a 3-1 victory over the host Vancouver Canucks.
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Charlie Coyle scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, Niklas Backstrom made 35 saves and the Minnesota Wild took sole possession of the Northwest Division lead with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.
Jonas Brodin and Matt Cullen also scored for the Wild, which moved two points ahead of Vancouver for the division lead with its eighth victory in 11 games.
Minnesota has 34 points, compared with 32 for the Canucks.
Henrik Sedin scored for Vancouver, which suffered its second straight loss and 11th in 16 games.
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Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told The Vancouver Sun: “I liked a lot of parts about our game tonight. We went after them. We played well with the puck. We put pressure on them.
“We had some real solid scoring chances and we forced their goaltender to make some good saves.”
Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo made his fourth straight start despite being in net in a 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. He made 22 saves.
“Obviously, we are trying, we’re working hard, but we are not winning,” Luongo said. “When that happens, sometimes guys tend to press a little bit and that’s not always a good thing.”
The Canucks end a four-game homestand Tuesday against St. Louis and Cory Schneider is scheduled to be Vancouver’s starting goalie.
Sedin turned the red light on during a power play at 10:18 of the second period.
The goal ended Vancouver’s power-play drought after 36 unsuccessful opportunities, dating to Feb. 21 against Dallas.
Minnesota won 44 of 65 faceoffs.
“This game is about puck possession and if you always have to chase the first 20 seconds of a shift, it’s tough to create anything,” Sedin told the Sun.
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