Slow start dooms Wild in Vancouver
The Wild are struggling to generate offense.
It has all season long.
Far too often, the puck is dumped into the offensive zone and the opposition breaks right out.
It is hard to score if you are not on offense.
When the Wild had scoring chances, and they were there, the shots were right into the gut of Luongo and came with no traffic.
The Wild (21-14-6) had two two-on-one rushes and four power play opportunities. During those chances, the Wild had three chances to score (including the odd-man rushes that were poorly ran).
The Wild’s best chance to score came on a power play in the second period when Cal Clutterbuck sent a wrist shot right into the glove of Luongo from below the faceoff dot to the goaltender’s left.
The Canucks (25-13-3) got two goals from its top line, one by Daniel Sedin and the other Alexandre Burrows.
Daniel Sedin scored first at the 6:42 mark of the opening period with a shot near the left point through a screen past the blocker arm of Josh Harding.
Devin Setoguchi returned after missing 12 games with a lower body injury. He tied for the team lead with Clutterbuck with five shots on goal, including two unobstructed shots from the slot that Luongo had no problem stopping.
The Wild have two days in Calgary before playing the Flames Saturday in the Saddledome.
No. 3 – Roberto Luongo. The Canucks goaltender stopped 28 shots for the shutout.
No. 2 – Henrik Sedin. The Canucks forward recorded two assists.
No. 1 – Daniel Sedin. The Canucks forward recorded a goal and an assist.
Minnesota 0 0 0 – 0
Vancouver 2 0 1 – 3
First Period – 1, Vancouver, D. Sedin 18 (H. Sedin, Hamhuis), 6:42. 2, Vancouver, Burrows 15 (D. Sedin, H. Sedin), 10:24. Penalties – Johnson, Min (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:26; Weise, Van (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:26; Zidlicky, Min (hooking), 12:52; Raymond, Van (tripping), 16:50; Prosser, Min (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:58.
Second Period – None. Penalties – Malhotra, Van (high sticking), 7:18.
Third Period – 3, Vancouver, Malhotra 3 (Kesler), 19:31 (en). Penalties – H. Sedin, Van (holding the stick), 4:39; Hodgson, Van (hooking), 9:42.
Shots on goal – Minnesota 11-10-7 28. Vancouver 16-9-10 35.
Goalies – Minnesota, Harding (32-34). Vancouver, Luongo (28-28). A – 18,890. Referees – Gord Dwyer, Tim Peel. Linesmen – Vaughan Rody, Thor Nelson.