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That sound you heard was the Wild's winning streak crashing and burning

Loss opens seven-game road trip

October 30, 2018 - 4:29 am

   VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Rookie Elias Petterson scored a pair of the goals, the second on a third-period breakaway, to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Wild on Monday night, stopping Minnesota's winning streak at five games.

   Pettersson, who was picked fifth overall in the 2017 draft, leads all NHL rookies in goals and in points with 10.

   Markus Granlund and Jake Virtanen, on the power play, also scored for the Canucks, who had lost two in a row. Ben Hutton scored into an empty net with 39.1 seconds remaining.

   Jordan Greenway scored his first NHL regular-season goal, and Ryan Sutter added a power-play goal for the Wild.

   Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau said his team paid the price for a slow start. Minnesota gave up the opening goal for the eighth time in the last nine games.

   "You keep doing that too often, I told them, it's going to happen," Boudreau said. "Nobody is able to come back all the time if you're going to start that slow."

   He also was frustrated his team took five penalties and gave up a power-play goal.

   "If you look the top-six players are playing too much and the bottom-six players aren't playing enough," he said. "That's all due to penalties.

   "To me, the third and fourth lines are playing good most nights. I think they deserve to play a little more."

   Boudreau was curt in his assessment of Pettersson.

   "He's going to be a good player for a long time," he said.

   One positive for the Wild was Greenway scoring his first goal. He collected a rebound of his own shot, then scored on scramble in the first period.

   "It was good for sure," said the rookie, who was recalled Sunday from a two-game stint in the AHL where he had a hat trick Saturday. "It would have been a lot nicer to get a win with it.

   "I really wanted to get the pucks to the net, go to the net. It worked out for me. I might keep doing it."

   Greenway did have a goal in the playoffs last year.

   The excitement provided by Pettersson overshadowed a 37-save performance by Canuck goaltender Jacob Markstrom.

   "He was great tonight, he wasn't just good," said Green. "They had the heat on us and . . . (Markstrom) was a rock back there."

   Dubnyk, making his third consecutive start, stopped 26 shots for Minnesota.

   NOTES: The Wild opened a seven-game, 14-day road trip, the longest in franchise history.


   The Wild play at Edmonton on Tuesday.