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VIDEO: Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild play to patient 3-2 win over Vancouver

Mikko Koivu had two assists on two Minnesota goals on Tuesday night, as the Wild rallied to tie and defeat the Canucks in a shootout. - Wikimedia Commons
Mikko Koivu had two assists on two Minnesota goals on Tuesday night, as the Wild rallied to tie and defeat the Canucks in a shootout.
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The Minnesota Wild rallied to tie the Canucks with 11 minutes to go in the third period, they sustained their pressure in overtime, and recent import Jason Pominville played hero in the shootout, as the Wild beat Vancouver 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Wild captain Mikko Koivu had two assists and missed a top corner open net in overtime, and Minnesota outshout Vancouver 11-5 in the third period. Roberto Luongo hade 30 saves for Vancouver, and Josh Harding had 29 for Minnesota.

The loss also snapped the Canucks' seven-game winning streak, a heartbreaking but slow-motion end to Vancouver's hot streak.

Pominville was the only shooter to score in the shootout. Koivu and Zach Parise also missed for Minnesota, while Chris Higgins, Mike Santorelli and (lastly) Ryan Kesler missed for Vancouver.

(*The Canucks were also waiting word on defenceman Ryan Stanton, who went awkwardly into the boards feet-first after a check from Minnesota's Zenon Konopka. Stanton returned for one shift, then left the game for further evaluation in the dressing room.)

Minnesota overcame two leads on Tuesday night – getting their other goal on the powerplay from Zach Parise – after goals from Jannik Hansen and David Booth:

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