Minnesota Wild vs. Canucks: The taming of the Wild

Four points on the line

Two points were up for grabs to whoever won the game, but the more important two points were the ones that would vault Henrik Sedin over Markus Naslund for the all-time franchise lead.

The Sedin’s and Alex Burrows tried valiantly all game to make history, but were denied by a stingy rookie and some bad puck luck.

The Canucks though were good enough to grab the win and those two points, their sixth straight win.

Henrik, meanwhile, can make history in back-to-back home games Thursday against Dallas and Friday against Nashville.

Love ‘Em

Macy and Shreds

The Canucks are built on the productivity of duos.

The Sedins.

Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows before the latter’s promotion to the first line.

Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis, or Keith Ballard and Chris Tanev.

The emergence of Jordan Schroeder has coincided with Mason Raymond‘s best hockey since his brutal back injury.

They’re both not the biggest dudes, but they’re simply outworking everyone on the ice and getting rewarded for it.

The forward depth on this team is starting to become scary.


Jannick Hansen nets the game winner against the Wild Tuesday night (Photo: Greenwich Time)

Beauty Ballard

Speaking of career re-imaginings, Keith Ballard is earning praise for his steady play this year thanks in large part to his bromance with the young Chris Tanev.

He teamed up with Raymond and Schroeder to set up Jannik Hansen‘s game-winning goal with a beautiful pass through the legs of Clayton Stoner.

The Honey Badger’s reaction? Thanks for the goal, stupid.

Dat Kass

And dat pass.

Kid’s gonna be a beauty.

Oh, and the Wild placed Matt “Trademark” Kassian on waivers before the game, so there’s that fun little fact.

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With Manny Malhotra not playing for personal reasons, the Canucks suffered in the dot.

Henrik Sedin himself lost fifteen draws.

There may not be much else Manny can do except win faceoffs, but what an important specialized skill to have.

Mr. Garrison

There’s been a low level of disappointment for the play of Jason Garrison early in his Canucks career.

It’s not that he’s been bad, it’s that he hasn’t been good.

A microcosm of his season thus far was offered on Minnesota’s only goal of the game, where Mikael Granlund out-muscled him along the boards and helped set up Devin Setoguchi’s powerplay goal.

Not exactly what everyone was hoping for.

Maxim Confusion

Yet the only reason the powerplay even happened is because somehow Maxim Lapierre picked up the only penalty out of a scrum that occurred after Justin Falk rammed Daniel Sedin into the boards.

They both should have gone, but perhaps Lapierre’s reputation got in the way.

Or maybe you can board people on a late whistle now.

Who knows.


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