ONE: Jannik Hansen, Canucks. One goal, five shots and superb on the penalty kill.
TWO: Roberto Luongo, Canucks. Bobby Lou stopped 25 of 26 shots to remain undefeated in regulation (4-0-2.)
THREE: Darcy Kuemper, Wild. Rookie netminder gave his team a chance in his NHL debut. Stopped 28 of 30.
PIVOTAL POINT: With the Canucks clinging to a 2-1 lead in the third period, Alex Burrows went to the box at the 6:39 mark for a hook on Tom Gilbert. His teammates easily killed it, allowing just one shot, and the Canucks were able to ride it home from there despite one last-minute flurry from the Wild.
BY THE NUMBERS: In addition to their six-game win streak, the Canucks have won five straight at home... Mason Raymond extended his points streak to four games (1-4-5) with his second-period assist...Wild have lost 11 straight at Rogers Arena... It took the Wild until the 10:16 mark of the second period to register a shot on Luongo.
SAVE OF THE NIGHT: It might not have been a game-saver but it was still a beauty as Luongo snaked out his right pad to deny Wild rookie Charlie Coyle at the 13:10 mark of the first period... Kuemper matched Bobby Lou with a right pad save on Daniel Sedin during the first shift of the third period to keep his team in it.
MANNY MYSTERY: Canuck fourth-line centre Manny Malhotra did not play against the Wild due to what the team is calling “a personal matter.” Malhotra didn't practise Monday or skate at Tuesday morning's optional. Prior to the game, assistant coach Rick Bowness said he could not elaborate on Malhotra's absence. “No, can't,” Bowness said. “Will not elaborate. Personal matter.” Asked if he had a sense when Malhotra might return, Bowness replied: “No.” Malhotra, 32, has no points, two shots on goal and is minus-3 in nine games this season. He is in the final year of his contract.
DID YOU NOTICE? With Malhotra unavailable to take defensive zone draws to Luongo's left, the Canucks even resorted to trying Henrik Sedin there during a first-period penalty kill. No dice. Overall, the Wild won 43 of 72 draws (60 per cent) led by Kyle Brodziak at 12-for-15 and Mikael Granlund at 9-for-12. Henrik Sedin had a miserable night in the circle, losing 15 of 21 draws. Max Lapierre was 13-for-23.
NETWORKING: The Canucks and Rogers Sportsnet formally announced Tuesday their new 10-year agreement, which was first reported Saturday by Sun columnist Greg Douglas. The agreement is for between 55-60 games depending on national broadcast commitments. “The Canucks are 'the' sports property to have in British Columbia,” said Scott Moore, head of Rogers Media's broadcast division. “They're just fantastic partners,” added Canuck owner Francesco Aquilini, who attended Tuesday's announcement. Sportsnet has been carrying the Canucks regional package since 1998.
WILD TIMES: Minny GM Chuck Fletcher had a busy Tuesday making moves with a handful players. He called up Kuemper, sent down defenceman Marco Scandella, activated blueliner Jared Spurgeon from injured reserve and waived winger Matt Kassian (no relation to Zack).
Ellliott Pap, Vancouver Sun
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