Bouchard returns, but Wild's losing streak reaches four
Pierre-Marc Bouchard missed the last two games with a broken nose suffered in Winnipeg nearly a week ago. He played first line minutes and was physical.
The Wild, still playing without half of its opening day top-six forwards, out-played the Canucks for nearly the entire first period.
The momentum changed when Colton Gillies was called for a bad hooking penalty. Gillies caught up to the Canuck player and put his stick in front of him. The stick blade never left the ice and the Canuck player threw his head back. The worst part of the penalty call is that Gillies dropped his stick before the head was thrown back.
It took exactly one minute for the Canucks to capitalize with a cross-ice, give-and-go between Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
The Wild (20-9-5) got its only power play opportunity nearly seven and a half minutes into the second period, but had that wiped away one minute and 13 seconds. The power play came to an end when Dany Heatley was assessed a horrible high sticking penalty.
Again, a Canuck player inappropriately threw his head back. After Roberto Luongo gloved and held a Bouchard shot, Heatley was cross checked and slashed by two different Canuck players. He gave Alexandre Burrows a little shove to the upper chest to clear space and was given the high sticking minor. His stick never made contact to the head or shoulders of Burrows.
The Canucks (20-11-2) extended its lead to 2-0 with another phenomenal pass by Daniel Sedin, this time to Ryan Kesler.
Jed Ortmeyer, who was called up with Chad Rau Monday, suited and played to become the 34th player to play for the Wild this season. The team record for most players used in a season is 40, set in the 2009-10 season.
The Wild come right back with a road contest at the Calgary Flames Tuesday in the Saddledome.
No. 3 – Roberto Luongo. The Canucks goaltender stopped 33 shots for the shutout.
No. 2 – Henrik. Sedin. The Canucks forward recorded a goal and two assists.
No. 1 – Daniel Sedin. The Canucks forward recorded three assists.
Minnesota 0 0 0 – 0
Vancouver 1 2 1 – 4
First Period – 1, Vancouver, H. Sedin 9 (D. Sedin, Edler), 18:52 (pp). Penalties – Gillies, Min (hooking), 17:52.
Second Period – 2, Vancouver, Kesler 8 (D. Sedin, H. Sedin), 10:28 (pp). 3, Vancouver, Burrows 12 (D. Sedin, H. Sedin), 18:01. Penalties – Powe, Min (holding), 2:36; Kesler, Van (tripping), 7:25; Heatley, Min (high sticking), 8:38.
Third Period – 4, Vancouver, Hansen 11 (Hodgson, Malhotra), 16:34. Penalties – Staubitz, Min, major (fighting), 5:33; Alberts, Van, major (fighting), 5:33.
Shots on goal – Minnesota 13-9-11 33. Vancouver 9-13-11 33.
Goalies – Minnesota, Backstrom (29-33). Vancouver, Luongo (33-33). A – 0. Referees – Mike Hasenfratz, Marc Joannette. Linesmen – Mike Cvik, Vaughan Rody.