ST. PAUL, Minn. – Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was better in Minnesota than he had been in the past. But he wasn’t quite good enough to extend Vancouver’s seven-game winning streak.
Jason Pominville slipped a shot past Luongo’s glove in the third round of a shootout to lift the Wild to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night, the first loss by the Canucks this month.
Luongo made 30 saves, including 15 in the third period and overtime. He was pulled from the previous three games he started in St. Paul.
In the shootout, Ryan Kesler’s last-chance attempt for Vancouver sailed wide right after Minnesota goalie Josh Harding stopped shots by Mike Santorelli and Chris Higgins.
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“We’ve got to try different people (in the shootout), I guess, because we stink at it,” Canucks coach John Tortorella said.
Jannik Hansen and David Booth scored in regulation for Vancouver.
Minnesota is 14-3-2 this season at Xcel Energy Center, where Luongo fell to 3-9-3 in his career.
The Wild tied the score at 2 with 11:13 left in the third period when Charlie Coyle’s shot went between Luongo’s pads.
“I’ve got to make that save there on that second goal,” Luongo said. “That’s the bottom line. I do, and we win the game 2-1.”