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Canucks move into sixth place with win over Wild

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Anson Carter provided the
Vancouver Canucks with a memorable ending to an otherwise
forgettable game.

Carter scored a power-play goal with 6.1 seconds left to give
Vancouver a crucial 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on
Wednesday night.

"After watching Minnesota lull Edmonton to sleep last night we
knew it would be a difficult game emotionally," said Carter. "You
can't play the score, you have to play like it's going to be 1-0. A
boring game just like watching paint dry."

For a while it looked like that tactic would work again for the
Wild, who beat Edmonton on Tuesday and were eager to steal
important playoff points from another Northwest Division rival. But
after failing to record a shot on their first four power plays,
Daniel Sedin's pass through the crease left Carter with an open net
and he slammed his 30th goal of the season past a helpless Manny
Fernandez.

"I didn't know how much time was left," said Sedin, who also
scored for the Canucks. "It was nice to look up at the scoreboard
after the goal and see 6 seconds left.

Alex Auld finished with 20 saves to help Vancouver win for the
fourth time in five games and move into a tie with Anaheim for
sixth place in the Western Conference.

"For our hockey club it was a big goal regardless of how much
time is left on the clock because it's two points", said Carter.
"Just to get any points in this game is huge and to get two is
even bigger."

The win moves Vancouver two points ahead of eighth-place
Edmonton. The Canucks wrap up a five-game homestand with a rematch
against the Wild on Friday.

"We want to knock these guys out of the playoffs," said
Minnesota forward Wes Walz. "We have a good rivalry with this team
and we're not going to fold up our tents and pack it up, we re
going to play hard all the way through."

Brian Rolston scored for a fifth straight game and Fernandez
made 29 saves for the Wild, who have lost nine of 13 games since
the Olympic break to fall nine points out of the playoff race with
nine games left to play.

Still, the Wild played Vancouver tough, trailing for just 40
seconds before Carter's late goal despite playing for a second
straight night.

Sedin opened the scoring after identical twin brother Henrik's
shot was stopped and the rebound ricocheted along the goal line. It
was finally cleared by the Wild, but right to Daniel cruising at
the top the crease, where he snapped his career-best 21st goal of
the season into an empty net.

Rolston tied it 40 seconds later with his career-high 32nd. His
shot from the top of the right faceoff circle caught Auld on the
left shoulder before sifting down through his equipment and
trickling over the goal line.

Fernandez had several spectacular saves making his 11th-straight
start. He robbed Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund on consecutive
shots 2 minutes into the second and sprawled to get a pad on
Alexandre Burrows' backhand a few minutes later.

Midway through the third he stuffed Todd Bertuzzi in tight and
got a break when Burrows hit the post on a two-on-one as the
Canucks turned up the pressure midway through the third. Wild
center Marc Chouinard took a penalty on the next shift, but that
actually afforded Fernandez a break as Vancouver failed to record a
shot for a fourth straight power play.

Things changed, however, after Mikko Koivu was whistled for
hooking with 1:34 left as the Canucks made some adjustments they
talked about between periods and finally produced some shots.
Fernandez easily handled the first two -- sharp-angle wrist shots
from Naslund and Morrison -- but had no chance on Carter's.

"If you have a net presence that guy in the front of the net
can't attack the corner guy as fast or as hard as he was in the
first two periods," said Carter. "That s exactly what happened.
Danny and Hank (Henrik) controlled the puck, I was in front and the
D-man couldn't attack Danny down low and he was able to make a
great pass on my stick."

Game notes
Burrows was given a 10-minute misconduct after the game for
flipping the puck at Walz, which touched off a large post-buzzer
scrum between the two teams. ... Minnesota was 0-for-2 on the power
play. ... Vancouver LW Matt Cooke missed the game after suffering a
concussion on a high hit from Los Angeles forward Dustin Brown
during Monday night's 7-4 win over the Kings. Cooke already missed
17 games this season after an errant practice shot broke his jaw
and another 11 after spraining his ankle in practice. ... The
victory gives the Canucks (40-28-6) their fourth consecutive 40-win
season. Vancouver has won five of the first seven meetings this
season.