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  • Radim Vrbata scores two goals as Canucks top Wild 3-2


    It's often said that goals scored in the first minute, or final minute of a period can swing momentum. For as much as the Wild dominated the first period, the Vrbata goal helped give Vancouver some life. Swing the momentum that goal did and the Canucks was able to establish a solid forecheck in the second period.


    Charlie Coyle, who saw some time with the Koivu line early in the third, was able to deflect a Ryan Suter shot past Miller to bring the score within one. But even with a power play in the final 32 seconds, a puck off the cross bar and a shot wide, the Wild was just unable to get the equalizer.

    It was Minnesota's second loss at home all season. The Wild has been hit with some injuries and sickness, but it needs to desperately avoid a tail spin as December fast approaches.

    This graph, courtesy of NaturalStatTrick.com, says it all. The Wild were good ear;y, but bad from the 18 minute mark on.

    Minnesota plays a matinee on Friday, and a second of a back-to-back on Saturday.

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