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Wild Lose 3-2 To Canucks In Overtime Via Power Play Goal

The Minnesota Wild couldn't make post-regulation heroics happen two games in a row, as they've just followed up their shootout win over the Oilers with an overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Sami Salo had the overtime goal on the power play, beating goalie Niklas Backstrom with a big slapshot at 4:39 into the overtime period. Dany Heatley was the player who committed the penalty, slashing Ryan Kesler's stick in tow pieces.

This comes just after Heatley's heroics against the Oilers, where he scored with just 1.2 seconds remaining in regulation to send the team into overtime, and then into the shootout, where they would eventually get the win.

Minnesota had gotten off to a good start, forcing the Canucks into many errors, including three penalties within a span of five minutes. This led to Devin Setoguchi putting the Wild up 1-0 at 8:57 in the opening frame, sinking a backhand past Cory Schneider with the help of Heatley.

Vacouver would go on to tie it for the first time with a power-play in the second period, courtesy of Kesler off of a Daniel Sedin deflection. Minnesota would take the lead with a one-timer from Kyle Brodziak just under two minutes later, and the Canucks would send it into overtime with a Jannik Hansen redirection at the start of the third period.

It's the eighth-straight game the Wild have lost to the Canucks, and it continues their consistent trend of inconsistency. There's still a lot of moving parts that need to be figured out with new bodies like Setoguchi and Heatley (who are playing very well individually), but they need to start putting down a string of victories sooner rather than later. They next play the Anaheim Ducks at home on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.