Minnesota Wild Blast Canucks 5-1

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Wild Vs. Canucks: Minnesota Dominates En Route To 5-1 Win

Just two minutes into the game between the Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, Dan Hamhuis gave the Canucks the early lead, beating Josh Harding. Suddenly, the preview we wrote about Minnesota not potentially being able to keep up with them was going to come true, right?

Wrong.

Harding stopped the next 24 shots that came his way and his team provided ample assistance in that time, leading to an eventual 5-1 Wild win to continue their winning streak and bring it to three games. Minnesota fired off 45 shots in the game, peppering Cory Schneider for a full 60 minutes, their highest shot total at home ever. For a team that only averaged 26 shots a game throughout the rest of the games this season, that's pretty impressive.

Matt Cullen had two goals and an assist on the night for Minnesota, while Pierre-Marc Bouchard had two assists and a goal.Marco Scandella and Guillaume Latendresse both notched a goal as well. Minnesota fired off 22 shots in the second period alone. The Wild have been averaging just two goals a game and have been on either end of one-goal decisions in their last three games.

Next, the Wild will take on the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 5.

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Wild Vs. Canucks: Minnesota May Have Trouble Keeping Up With Vancouver Offense

The Minnesota Wild are working on a nice little winning streak, and for that, they can thank the Detroit Red Wings. They're riding two-straight wins following a two-game losing streak, and both wins have been against the Wings, who are on a 0-5 skid, as it happens. Minnesota will take it regardless, enjoying a 1-0 shutout on Oct. 29 and a 2-1 overtime victory on Tuesday. But now they've got a tough test ahead as they take on the Vancouver Canucks at the Xcel Energy Center Thursday night.

Minnesota lost the first outing to Vancouver, back on Oct. 22, which set off their two-game skid leading up to the back-to-back games against Detroit. Sami Salo scored the game-winner for Vancouver with 21 seconds remaining in overtime at home, giving the Canucks a 3-2 win. Minnesota kept it really close in that game, but judging by the Canucks of late, it's going to be a tough sell for the Wild to keep it close or win this time around.

Vancouver dropped two-straight games by a margin on 6-2 overall, but have since then won two games straight of their own: a 7-4 win over the Washington Capitals and a 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames. That's 12 goals in their last two games, something the Wild are going to have a lot of trouble keeping up with. After all, the Wild have played in five straight one-goal decisions.

The game is set for 8:00 p.m. eastern time and can be seen on the Fox Sports networks, as usual.

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Wild Vs. Red Wings: Devin Setoguchi Scores In Overtime, Giving Minnesota 2-1 Win

Chalk another one up for the Minnesota Wild, who are now officially on a winning streak and have taken two-of-three from the Detroit Red Wings this season with one more game to go. The Wild beat the Red Wings on Tuesday night to the tune of 2-1 on the back of a Devin Setoguchi overtime power play goal. Johan Franzen went to the penalty box for goaltender interference and Setoguchi put in a rebound off of a Mikko Koivu shot.

The Red Wings were of the opinion that Setoguchi never should have been able to make the shot, after throwing a shoulder into the jaw of Niklas Kronwall and making it a 4-on-2 in front of goaltender Jimmy Howard. It probably should have been a penalty, but what are we going to do? Consider it a loss? No - the Wild went out there and beat a struggling Red Wings team to get their second straight win.

Detroit got things started with a Nicklas Lidstrom tip-in assisted by Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg six minutes into the first period. After a scoreless second, Koivu scored on a tip-in  assisted by Setoguchi. Koivu was exceptionally good during the game, playing sound hockey on all fronts and ultimately taking part in both goals.

Next, the Wild will head home for two games, the first of which is against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, Nov. 3. 

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Wild Week: Minnesota Starts November With Three Games

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