Mike Cook / The Sports Xchange, Published March 26 2014
Booth, Lack lead Canucks to key win against Wild
Right winger Zack Kassian, left winger Daniel Sedin and center Ryan Kesler also scored for the Canucks, who won for the third straight time and fourth time in five games, earning an important two points as they keep their faint playoff hopes alive.
Center Charlie Coyle and right winger Nino Niederreiter scored for Minnesota, 3-4-4 in its last 11 games.
Vancouver began the night in 10th place in the Western Conference, three points behind Dallas and six behind eighth-place Phoenix. The Stars and Coyotes were idle Wednesday. The Canucks play today at Colorado to complete a two-game trip before beginning a five-game homestand.
The Wild, who entered the game in seventh in the conference standings, three points up on Phoenix and six on Dallas, were looking to establish some momentum before beginning a four-game road trip today in St. Louis, a team they have lost to eight straight times. The trip also takes Minnesota to Phoenix, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Tied 1-1, Booth, who went 32 games without a goal before scoring in Sunday’s win over Buffalo, got his second goal midway through the middle period, whistling a wrist shot over Darcy Kuemper’s glove after defenseman Jared Spurgeon nearly whiffed on a cross-ice pass, leaving the puck alone in the high slot.
Vancouver 1 2 2— 5
Minnesota 1 0 1— 2
First Period—1, Vancouver, Booth 7 (unassisted) 15:39. 2, Minnesota, Coyle 10 (Koivu, Spurgeon) 17:31.
Second Period—3, Vancouver, Booth 8 (unassisted) 11:57. 4, Vancouver, Kassian 12 (Richardson) 19:03.
Third Period—5, Vancouver, Sedin 14 (Hamhuis, Hansen) 11:12. 6, Vancouver, Kesler 23 (Higgins) 12:01 (pp). 7, Minnesota, Niederreiter 13 (Haula, Suter) 12:25.
Shots on Goal—Vancouver 6-6-7—19. Minnesota 9-15-7—31.
Power-play opportunities—Vancouver 1 of 2. Minnesota 0 of 4.
Goalies—Vancouver Lack 15-14-4 (31 shots-29 saves). Minnesota Kuemper 12-7-4 (12-9), Bryzgalov 0-0-0 (7-5).
A—19,014 (18,064). T—2:24.