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Canucks Falter In Minny (Highlights)

The Canucks continued their 6 game road trip in Minnesota where they feel 6-2 to the Minnesota Wild.

The Canucks have lost five straight games on the road since a 3-2 win in Vancouver on Nov. 25.

Throughout the night the Wild were led by Thomas Vanek and Mikko Koivu who each had a goal and three assists for Minnesota.

“We got off to a good start, which is something we wanted to do to start this homestand off on the right way,” Wild forward Zach Parise said. “It was fun. It felt like we had the puck a lot, a lot of shots, a lot of good scoring chances. The power play moved it around well.”

It was Thomas Vanek who would open the scoring 5:17 into the game scoring his eleventh goal of the season.

A little over seven minutes later, Jason Zucker made it 2-0 for Minny scoring his seventh of the season.

With a 2-0 lead to work with Darcy Kuemper shined in net. The Wild scored 10 goals in their previous six games but managed to go 4-0-2 because of solid goaltending and improved play by their defensemen. This time their offense clicked as well.

Zach Parise made it 3-0 on the power play 5:25 into the second period for his tenth on the season before the Canucks finally got on the board.

Jannik Hansen scored off a turnover at 6:45 of the second period to cut into the lead, but Minnesota replied back quickly.

Mikko Koivu scored on the power play less than two minutes later to restore the three goal lead.

Asked about the game afterwards Wille Desjardin was not a happy man.

“There’s quite a bit that bothered me,” Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. “I don’t think our compete level was high enough. We have a few guys that are playing hard. I thought Miller had an outstanding game. If it wasn’t for him, it would have been bad.”

Ryan Suter, and Marco Scandella finished off the scoring for the Wild, before Daniel Sedin made it 6-2 6:16 into the third.

Ryan Miller allowed six goals on 36 shots before he was replaced by Jacob Markstrom to start the third period. The Canucks cannot solely rely on just Miller to bail them out, and will require a full team effort next time out in order to get a better result.

Up next: The Canucks visit the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday at 4:00pm.

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