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Ohlund's power-play goal lifts Canucks over Wild

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- If Canucks goalie Roberto
Luongo knew whether the puck was in the net, he wasn't telling. The
Wild were pretty sure it crossed the line, but not all were
talking.

Mattias Ohlund scored the winner on a power play midway through
the third period to lift Vancouver to a 2-1 victory over the Wild
on Saturday night, but it was the goal that didn't count for
Minnesota that had everyone talking afterwards.

With the game tied early in the second period, Pascal Dupuis's
rebound shot hit Henrik Sedin and bounced off Luongo's mask as he
fell into the net. The mask appeared to be in the net, but replays
didn't clearly show the puck over the goal line.

"That's a secret between me and the puck and I'm not going to
tell anybody," said Luongo, who made 24 of his 28 saves in the
first two periods.

Wild general manager Doug Risebrough had an animated,
profanity-laced argument over the disallowed goal with one of the
off-ice officials in the media box during the second intermission.
Coach Jacques Lemaire refused to talk after the game except to a
pair of Minnesota newspaper reporters, but Dupuis said replays told
the story.

"Not a doubt in my mind, not at all, he said.

"After seeing it, you can clearly see it went off his mask and
it was behind the goal line," added Brian Rolston. "It's just one
of those things, if they can't see it conclusively I guess it's no
goal. It's a tough break for us obviously, especially on the road.
We deserved better tonight."

Instead of being ahead after out-shooting Vancouver 25-11
through two periods, the Wild fell behind after Martin Skoula was
called for tripping 8:54 into the third. A minute later, Ohlund
cruised into the slot, took Henrik Sedin's pass out of the corner
and snapped a quick shot over Niklas Backstrom's right shoulder and
just inside the seam of the post and cross bar.

Henrik and brother Daniel Sedin each had two assists as the
Canucks' 23rd-ranked power play went 2-for-5 against Minnesota's
second-ranked penalty killing. The identical twins also set up
Trevor Linden late in the first as Vancouver won a third-straight
game for just the second time all season.

"As long as the puck movement is quick, it's easy to play power
play," Daniel said. "Once you slow down and take your time they
re all over you."

The Canucks have won four of five to leapfrog the Wild into a
top-eight spot in the Western Conference. The teams play again in
Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Pavol Demitra scored for the Wild, who were swept on a
three-game trip through Western Canada and now have one regulation
win in the last 20 games. Since beating Vancouver 5-2 on Nov. 2,
five of Minnesota's six wins have been in overtime or a shootout, a
stretch that includes seven straight road losses.

"For the past month it's like this. We play well but don't get
what we deserve," said Backstrom, the rookie goaltender from
Finland who made 16 saves in his first start in six games. "That s
hockey. We just have to keep working and hopefully we get the
breaks in the future and turn this ship around."

Linden opened the scoring on a power play with 4:30 left in the
first period after a pretty give-and-go between the Sedins in the
corner that ended with Daniel dishing to Linden for a backdoor
tap-in.

"They rotated the puck well and I just tried to find position
and as usual it was a perfect pass and an easy goal," Linden said
of his first since opening night.

Demitra tied it 2:29 into the second period, pulling up just
inside the blue line and beating Luongo to his glove side with a
long slap shot. Luongo apologized at the bench after the next
break, then made up for it by stopping Nick Schultz on a breakaway
coming out of the penalty box, and robbing Pierre-Marc Bouchard as
the Canucks killed off a 34-second 5-on-3 late in the second.

"Luongo kept us in the game the first two periods," said
Linden. "The first two periods were not acceptable but we did what
we had to do to get the win."
^Notes:@ After playing eight of the last nine at home, Vancouver is
on the road for six of the next seven. ... Backstrom came in with a
2.02 goals-against average and .934 save percentage, better than
No.1 Manny Fernandez, who is 12-11-0 with a 2.82 and .906. ...
Vancouver LW Taylor Pyatt returned after missing four games with a
shoulder injury. Tyler Bouck was sent to Manitoba of the AHL.