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Canucks 5, Wild 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 5, Wild 1
Minnesota Wild 1, Vancouver Canucks 5

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist and rookie backup Cory Schneider made 23 saves in the Vancouver Canucks' 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

Raffi Torres, Ryan Kesler and Jeff Tambellini also scored, and Jannik Hansen added two assists to help the Canucks avenge a 6-2 loss in Minnesota on Tuesday night.

That was the game that Canucks forward Rick Rypien grabbed a Minnesota fan while being sent to the dressing room after a fight with Brad Staubitz. Rypien was suspended six games by the NHL on Friday.

Antti Miettinen ended Schneider's bid for his first NHL shutout with 2:35 left, snapping a shot off the goalie's glove and just over the goal line.

Jose Theodore made 30 saves in his Minnesota debut after first-stringer Niklas Backstrom made his sixth straight start the night before in Edmonton.

Schneider also played in the game against Minnesota on Tuesday, but only after Roberto Luongo was pulled after two periods. Luongo was back in goal for a 2-1 shootout loss in Chicago the following night, so Schneider got his second start of the season against the Wild as Vancouver played its third game in four days.

The 24-year-old goalie wasn't tested often by a Wild team coming off a win in Edmonton, but made a couple of nice saves in tight and has looked good in both of his starts. Coming off a 32-save victory over Carolina in his debut Sunday, Schneider improved his save percentage to .969 early in his first full NHL season after spending most of the last three in the American Hockey League.

Theodore signed with the Wild on Oct. 2 as an emergency replacement after backup Josh Harding tore up his knee in a preseason game, and didn't join the team until it returned from season-opening games in Finland.

The former Vezina and Hart Trophy winner faced a handful of good chances as the Canucks controlled the early play. Torres opened the scoring 11 minutes in, taking a feed from behind the net and snapping his 100th career goal past Theodore from just above the goal line, a sharp-angle shot between the pad and the post.

Minnesota had a great chance to tie it with an NHL-leading power play that came in converting 44.4 percent of its chances, including going 3 for 3 against the Canucks earlier in the week. But the Wild failed to generate much on a minute long 5-on-3 in the opening minute of the second period, with defenseman Marek Zidlicky ringing the best scoring chance off the goal post.

Kesler doubled the lead just 2 minutes after the second power play expired, parking on top of Theodore along with linemate Mason Raymond and banging the rebound from a point shot past a sprawled Theodore.

Malhotra scored his first goal of the season - and as a Canuck - on a backdoor redirection of Alex Edler's slap pass midway through the third period, and added his second on another tip while driving the net 5 minutes later.

Tambellini, moved up to play on the top line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, rounded out the scoring on a breakaway 15 seconds after Miettinen's goal.

NOTES: Minnesota D Cam Barker sat out with a groin injury after playing in Edmonton the night before, and was replaced by rookie Clayton Stoner, who is from nearby Victoria. ... Schneider's second start at Rogers Arena this season already matches the number of times a healthy Luongo has watched a home game from the bench in his first four seasons in Vancouver. Wild C Pierre-Marc Bouchard skated hard in morning practice and hopes to resume contact next week after missing all but one game last season because of post-concussion symptoms.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:00
VAN
Raffi Torres (2) ASST: Jannik Hansen (1), Manny Malhotra (3)
1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
04:28
VAN
Ryan Kesler (2) ASST: Mason Raymond (2), Andrew Alberts (1)
2 - 0 VAN
3rd Period
11:05
VAN
Manny Malhotra (1) ASST: Alexander Edler (5), Raffi Torres (1)
3 - 0 VAN
16:36
VAN
Manny Malhotra (2) ASST: Jannik Hansen (2), Cory Schneider (1)
4 - 0 VAN
17:25
MIN
Antti Miettinen (2) ASST: Guillaume Latendresse (3), Mikko Koivu (6)
4 - 1 VAN
17:40
VAN
Jeff Tambellini (1) ASST: Henrik Sedin (10), Daniel Sedin (4)
5 - 1 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
01:14
MIN
Andrew Brunette  Hooking against  Mason Raymond
11:03
MIN
Clayton Stoner  Fighting (maj) against  Guillaume Desbiens
11:03
VAN
Guillaume Desbiens  Fighting (maj) against  Clayton Stoner
19:20
VAN
Jeff Tambellini  Interference against  Kyle Brodziak
2nd Period
00:18
VAN
Manny Malhotra  Hooking against  Matt Cullen
07:26
MIN
Brent Burns  Interference against  Daniel Sedin
17:29
VAN
Manny Malhotra  Hooking against  Mikko Koivu
18:05
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Slashing against  Peter Schaefer
3rd Period
08:35
MIN
Marek Zidlicky  Tripping against  Ryan Kesler
11:30
VAN
Andrew Alberts  Interference against  Chuck Kobasew
14:10
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Unsportsmanlike conduct
goalie stats
Jose Theodore
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 22 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
2-0-0
SA: 24TOI: 59:58
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .958SH: 0 - 0
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