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Sedin's shootout goal lifts Canucks over Wild

Mar 5, 2007 - 7:16 AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Daniel Sedin's first shootout goal of the season came at a great time for the Vancouver Canucks.

Sedin scored in the sixth round of the bonus format to lift the Canucks to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Vancouver has 81 points and leads the Wild and Calgary Flames by two points in the tight Northwest Division.

"I thought we deserved it tonight," Vancouver captain Markus Naslund said. "I thought we played one of our better games all year. We had the whole team involved. It was a playoff-type atmosphere out there."

Sedin, who entered 0-for-4 in shootouts this season, netted the winner when he skated in and deked goaltender Niklas Backstrom before sliding the puck past him on the forehand.

"I was getting some tips from Tommi (Santala) and the Finnish guys about Backstrom," Sedin said. "I just faked the shot and the goalie went down, and it was an empty-netter, pretty easy."

Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo preserved the win by denying Pierre-Marc Bouchard with a glove save. Luongo finished with 28 saves.

"I just try to stop the puck and be patient," Luongo said. "Fortunately, I was able to make the save on Bouchard and we were able to win."

Luongo is 7-1-1 with 22 goals allowed in his last nine starts.

Jeff Cowan scored twice and defenseman Sami Salo tallied for Vancouver, which is 8-1-1 in its last 10 games.

Cowan tied the game, 2-2, at 2:44 of the second period when he deflected defenseman Willie Mitchell's shot from the right point past Backstrom. He gave the Canucks a 3-2 lead at 12:42 when he deflected Mitchell's slap shot past Backstrom.

"I just got fortunate with a couple nice tips that went in," said Cowan, who entered with just one goal in 24 games. "It's a nice opportunity to play. It just feels great to be able to chip in and get some more ice time."

Branko Radivojevic, Marian Gaborik and defenseman Kim Johnsson scored for Minnesota, which is 4-1-1 in its last six contests.

"We are very happy to get the one point," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said. "I felt that we only played one period. For the first two periods, we were not there at all."

Backstrom made 32 saves in his return after suffering a lower-body injury in a 2-0 overtime loss to the Flames on Wednesday.

"Overall it was good," Backstrom said. "I got a lot of shots, and for me it's hard to get back into the game after missing some time. So, it was good to get some shots and get a feel for the puck."








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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    MINNESOTA 1 1 1 0 (2) 3
    VANCOUVER 1 2 0 0 (3) 4 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - BRANKO RADIVOJEVIC 9 (TODD WHITE) 6:55
    VAN - SAMI SALO 11 (MARKUS NASLUND, BRYAN SMOLINSKI) 17:58
    2ND PRD: MIN - MARIAN GABORIK 23 (MIKKO KOIVU, PAVOL DEMITRA) 0:40


    Mar 5 12:52 AM


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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    MINNESOTA 1 1 1 0 (2) 3
    VANCOUVER 1 2 0 0 (3) 4 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - BRANKO RADIVOJEVIC 9 (TODD WHITE) 6:55
    VAN - SAMI SALO 11 (MARKUS NASLUND, BRYAN SMOLINSKI) 17:58
    2ND PRD: MIN - MARIAN GABORIK 23 (MIKKO KOIVU, PAVOL DEMITRA) 0:40


    Wild vs. CanucksMar 5 12:52 AM


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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 1 1 1 0 3
    VANCOUVER 1 2 0 0 3 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - BRANKO RADIVOJEVIC 9 (TODD WHITE) 6:55
    VAN - SAMI SALO 11 (MARKUS NASLUND, BRYAN SMOLINSKI) 17:58
    2ND PRD: MIN - MARIAN GABORIK 23 (MIKKO KOIVU, PAVOL DEMITRA) 0:40
    VAN - J

    Mar 5 12:42 AM
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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 1 1 1 3
    VANCOUVER 1 2 0 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - BRANKO RADIVOJEVIC 9 (TODD WHITE) 6:55
    VAN - SAMI SALO 11 (MARKUS NASLUND, BRYAN SMOLINSKI) 17:58
    2ND PRD: MIN - MARIAN GABORIK 23 (MIKKO KOIVU, PAVOL DEMITRA) 0:40
    VAN - JEFF COWAN 2 (WILLIE MITC

    Mar 5 12:33 AM


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    MINNESOTA 3
    VANCOUVER 3
    3RD PRD: MIN - (PP) KIM JOHNSSON 3 (MIKKO KOIVU, PAVOL DEMITRA) 14:29

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 1 1 2
    VANCOUVER 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - BRANKO RADIVOJEVIC 9 (TODD WHITE) 6:55
    VAN - SAMI SALO 11 (MARKUS NASLUND, BRYAN SMOLINSKI) 17:58
    2ND PRD: MIN - MARIAN GABORIK 23 (MIKKO KOIVU, PAVOL DEMITRA) 0:40
    VAN - JEFF COWAN 2 (WILLIE MITCHE

    Mar 4 11:41 PM


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    MINNESOTA 2
    VANCOUVER 3
    2ND PRD: VAN - JEFF COWAN 3 (WILLIE MITCHELL, BRENDAN MORRISON) 12:42

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    MINNESOTA 2
    VANCOUVER 2
    2ND PRD: VAN - JEFF COWAN 2 (WILLIE MITCHELL, MATT COOKE) 2:44

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    MINNESOTA 2
    VANCOUVER 1
    2ND PRD: MIN - MARIAN GABORIK 23 (MIKKO KOIVU, PAVOL DEMITRA) 0:40

    Wild vs. CanucksMar 4 11:05 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 1 1
    VANCOUVER 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - BRANKO RADIVOJEVIC 9 (UNASSISTED) 6:55
    VAN - SAMI SALO 11 (MARKUS NASLUND, BRYAN SMOLINSKI) 17:58
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MIN 8 8
    VAN 13

    Mar 4 10:55 PM


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    MINNESOTA 1
    VANCOUVER 1
    1ST PRD: VAN - SAMI SALO 11 (MARKUS NASLUND, BRYAN SMOLINSKI) 17:58

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    MINNESOTA 1
    VANCOUVER 0
    1ST PRD: MIN - BRANKO RADIVOJEVIC 9 (UNASSISTED) 6:55

    Wild vs. CanucksMar 4 10:22 PM