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Wild blank Canucks in testy encounter

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Wild forward Matt Foy is making
a strong bid to stay with the big club this season.

Foy scored the first two goals of his career and Dwayne Roloson
made 33 saves to lead the Wild to a 6-0 victory over the Vancouver
Canucks on Wednesday night.

Foy, who was called up from Houston of the AHL before the season
began, has impressed coach Jacques Lemaire with his tireless work
ethic and energy.

"He does that every shift since we called him up," Lemaire
said. "He's a guy that has million-dollar legs and he gets
going."

Marc Chouinard moved within one goal of Ottawa's Daniel
Alfredsson for the NHL lead with his fourth of the season and
Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored on a penalty shot in the third as the
Wild (2-1-1) handed the Canucks (2-1-1) their first loss.

"They had a lot of jump at the start of the game and they
didn't let us have the puck," Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said.

It was the rebirth of what had become a bitter rivalry before
the NHL shut down for a season in a labor dispute. An intense
seven-game playoff series in 2003 and several brawl-filled games
during the regular season instantly made the Canucks the Wild's
chief rival.

Even with a year off, the nastiness was still there, and it was
no surprise that Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi was right in the middle
of it. Bertuzzi, who missed 17 months after being suspended for a
cheap shot on Colorado's Steve Moore that left him with a
concussion and broken bones in his neck, tussled with Alex Henry in
the second period.

"It just happened," Henry said. "That's what these games are
about. We've got a little rivalry going on. It's good."

Rivalries are en vogue in the new NHL, which has gone to a new
scheduling format that increases the number of games between
division foes and includes back-to-back games between rivals. The
Canucks and Wild play again Friday night.

"Let's enjoy this one," Lemaire quipped when asked about
having to play the Canucks again in two days. "Don't ruin my
day."

It may be the Canucks who would rather stay away. They went
0-for-8 on the power play and were stymied all night by Roloson,
who made 18 saves in the third period. It was his 17th career
shutout.

"I've never seen Rollie play a bad game," said Canucks center
Richard Park, who signed with Vancouver this season after spending
the previous three seasons in Minnesota. "He played really well,
made big saves and had great rebound control."

The Canucks had difficulty keeping up with the faster Wild
skaters for most of the night, and Minnesota used that advantage to
put the game away in the third.

Defenseman Bryan Allen had to trip Bouchard to keep him from
shooting on a breakaway. Bouchard scored on the ensuing penalty
shot, beating Dan Cloutier on the stick side for a 4-0 lead with
just under 10 minutes to go.

Foy scored his first career goal in the second, and added
another in the third when he backhanded the puck off Cloutier's
skate and into the net. Andrei Zyuzin and Brian Rolston also scored
for Minnesota.

"It was unbelievable," Foy said. "Everything just seemed to
click. It seems like everything I did went right."

Everything went wrong for Cloutier in the third period when he
allowed three goals on five shots. He finished with 22 saves.

Bouchard made him look silly on the penalty shot and he nearly
let in a soft goal with under 5 minutes to play, prompting chants
of "Sieve! Sieve! Sieve!" from the sellout crowd.

While not tested as often, Roloson came up just as big. Midway
through the second period, Roloson slid all the way across the
crease to make a nifty save on Markus Naslund, who thought he had a
wide-open net.

Game notes
Wild forward Marian Gaborik was out again with a sore
groin. The team hopes to have him back for Sunday's game against
Anaheim. ... Park, a fan favorite when he was with the Wild,
received a loud ovation when introduced before the game. ... Wild C
Todd White left in the second period after getting hit on the knee
by a check and was kept out for precautionary reasons.