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The Sports Xchange, Published December 17 2013

Wild rally, beat Canucks in shootout

SAINT PAUL – Right winger Jason Pominville scored the only goal in a shootout, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2, come-from-behind win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

The Wild (20-11-5) trailed 2-1 before center Charlie Coyle knotted the game midway through the third. Left winger Zach Parise scored Minnesota’s first goal, and goaltender Josh Harding made 29 saves in regulation and overtime as the Wild improved to 14-3-2 at home.

Right winger Jannik Hansen and left winger David Booth scored for the Canucks (20-10-6). Vancouver got 30 saves from goalie Roberto Luongo, but lost for the first time in December, snapping a seven-game winning streak.

Luongo hadn’t started a game in Minnesota in more than three years, and he was pulled from his previous three starts in the Wild’s home rink, allowing five goals or more each time. On Tuesday, he kept Minnesota at bay for much of the time, including a frantic third period in which the Wild outshot Vancouver 11-5.

The teams traded goals in a back-and-forth first period. Vancouver got on the board first when Hansen scored his third goal in the past four games, ripping a wrist shot that eluded Harding on the blocker side at 8:46.

Minnesota answered on the power play exactly three minutes later. A crisp passing play in front of Luongo ended when Parise shot from the low circle behind the goalie. It was Parise’s 15th goal of the season, tying him for the team lead with Pominville.

The Canucks lost defenseman Ryan Stanton early in the second period.

Locked up with Wild center Zenon Konopka, Stanton was tripped up behind the Vancouver net and went hard into the end boards. He got up favoring his left leg and headed to the dressing room.

Konopka, who fought with Canucks right wing Dale Weise in the first period, was given a minor penalty for tripping. That call prompted a rain of boos from the crowd, which did not feel Konopka tripped Stanton on the play, and a heated argument ensued between referee Tim Peel and Canucks coach John Tortorella, who felt that Konopka deserved a major penalty on the play.

Stanton did not return to the game.

Vancouver 1 1 0— 2

Minnesota 1 0 1— 3

First Period—1, Vancouver, Hansen 6 (Sedin, Sedin) 8:46. 2, Minnesota, Parise 15 (Koivu, Suter) 11:46 (pp).

Second Period—3, Vancouver, Booth 5 (Weber, Santorelli) 11:01.

Third Period—4, Minnesota, Coyle 4 (Koivu, Brodin) 8:47.


Shootout—Vancouver 0 (Santorelli NG, Higgins NG, Kesler NG), Minnesota 1 (Parise NG, Koivu NG, Pominville G).

Shots on Goal—Vancouver 12-11-5—31. Minnesota 9-7-11—32.

Power-play opportunities—Vancouver 0 of 2. Minnesota 1 of 2.

Goalies—Vancouver Luongo 16-8-6 (32 shots-30 saves). Minnesota Harding 18-5-3 (31-29).

A—18,531 (18,064). T—2:43.