The Vancouver Canucks picked up their fourth straight win on Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild to improve to 6-2-2 and 14 points on the season.
Wild head coach Mike Yeo tried to spark a Wild team that is struggling to score by splitting up their top line of Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu, and Dany Heatley. This didn’t seem to spark the team as the Wild nearly laid a goose egg against the Canucks.
The Canucks jumped out to the 4-0 lead after the first two periods of play. The team got goals from Daniel Sedin and Chris Higgins in the first period. Then Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen added to the lead 1:35 apart late in the second period.
The Wild ruined Cory Schneider‘s shutout bid 7:25 into the third period on the power play after some sloppy coverage on the penalty kill by the Canucks, who had all collapsed down low and left Wild defenceman Tom Gilbert uncovered at the faceoff circle. Gilbert blew a one timer past Schneider on a setup from Jonas Brodin and Matt Cullen.
Schneider was solid in net for the Canucks stopping 22 of 23 shots. After giving up five goals and getting pulled on opening night against the Anaheim Ducks, Schneider is now 3-1-0 in his last four games with a 1.71 goals against average and .940 save percentage. Roberto Luongo has been slightly better in his last four games with a 3-0-1 record, a 1.18 goals against average and .952 save percentage.
The Canucks play their next game on Saturday against the Calgary Flames and with Schneider’s strong performance against the Wild, there are once again questions who will start. Who will head coach Alain Vigneault’s coin land on?