VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Daniel Sedin helped his
brother Henrik make up for an earlier mistake.
Daniel scored 1:26 into overtime -- 30 seconds after Vancouver
finished killing off a late penalty to identical twin Henrik -- to
lift the Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday
"They got some great chances on the four-on-three and we were
able to kill that one off and get the last chance," said Henrik,
whose hooking penalty extended 56 second into overtime.
After Henrik stepped out of the box, the brothers worked a
perfect give-and-go play off the rush, with Daniel passing off then
spinning around in the high slot to one-time a return feed over
Manny Fernandez's outstretched glove.
"I thought he was going to shoot it but he made a good pass and
it was nice to see it go in," Daniel said. "I didn t really think
about the shot, I just tried to get it to the net."
Ryan Kesler and Bryan Allen also scored, and Alex Auld made 14
saves for the Canucks, who snapped a two-game home losing streak to
head into the Olympic break just two points behind Calgary atop the
After giving up power play goals in 10 straight games, Vancouver
blanked the Wild on seven chances. None were bigger than the last
two: A Jarkko Ruutu kneeing penalty with 3:15 left and Henrik's
hook with 1:05 remaining in regulation.
"The PK played great tonight, that was the difference between
zero points and two points," said Daniel. "It was a big win for
us against a division rival."
Pascal Dupuis tied the game early in the third period, and Wes
Walz added a goal and an assist as the Wild lost for only the
second time in six games.
Fernandez stopped 29 shots as Minnesota rallied from a 2-1
deficit in the third period to earn a point, moving within five of
eighth-place Edmonton for the final Western Conference playoff
"We had opportunities," said Wild captain Brian Rolston. "We
could have snuck out of that game with two points -- not that we
necessarily deserved it -- but we could have and we have to bear
down on the power play and get it done."
Kesler opened the scoring after Todd Bertuzzi leveled Walz with
a big hit just eight minutes in. The puck squirted loose to Kesler
in the slot and he spun around on the backhand and sneaked a shot
through Fernandez's legs that trickled in.
Vancouver controlled the first period, outshooting the Wild
11-3, but went into the first intermission tied after the third
shot went in with 42.1 seconds left.
Allen restored the lead 5:28 into the second period with a
harmless looking point shot that found its way through traffic and
deflected in off the left skate of a surprised Fernandez.
"Didn't see the first one, didn't see the second one," said
Fernandez, who made 11 saves in the third to help the Wild earn a
point after Dupuis tied it on a rebound 4:46 into the period.
"Saw the third one," added Fernandez, who had no chance on
Daniel's quick shot just inside the top corner. "You just don t
expect a perfect shot as soon as that and as good as he hit it. At
least we got one point out of this."
Wild C Randy Robitaille missed the game after breaking his
big left toe blocking a shot Friday in Edmonton, but hopes to be
back right after the two-week Olympic break. ... Minnesota's Alex
Henry moved up from D to LW for a second straight game. ... Wild
coach Jacques Lemaire's remains one win short of 400 behind the
bench, a milestone Canucks coach Marc Crawford reached on Feb. 2.