Zucker's two tallies take Wild past Canucks
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- Jason Zucker scored power-play goals less than a minute apart as the visiting Minnesota Wild defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 Tuesday night, Dec 4.
Zach Parise also scored for the Wild, who went 3-for-3 with the man advantage. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves for Minnesota, which snapped a season-high three-game losing streak.
Josh Leivo and Tyler Motte scored for Vancouver, which has won just once in its past 13 games (1-10-2). The Canucks' Anders Nilsson stopped 25 shots but dropped his sixth consecutive start.
The Wild twice trailed by a goal before Zucker tied it at 2-2 on a five-on-three power play at 15:36 of the second period.
With Vancouver's Alexander Edler penalized for interference and Michael Del Zotto whistled for cross-checking, Zucker had plenty of room to make his way to the front of the net and tip a shot by Ryan Suter from the top of the left faceoff circle past Nilsson. Mikael Granlund also was credited with an assist.
At 16:31, with Del Zotto still in the penalty box, Zucker took a cross-ice pass from Granlund and blasted a shot past Nilsson from the right faceoff dot.
Motte had given the Canucks a 2-1 lead at 9:56 of the second, corralling a rebound of a Tim Schaller shot, spinning and sliding the puck under Dubnyk.
The score was tied 1-1 after the first period.
Leivo, making his Canucks debut on the first line after being acquired in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, took a pass from Elias Pettersson and snapped a shot from between the faceoff dots off the post and into the net at 7:02. Linemate Brock Boeser also assisted on the play.
The Wild tied it on Parise's power-play goal at 12:17, as he redirected defenseman Matt Dumba's slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past Nilsson.
Center Jay Beagle, who won a Stanley Cup last season with the Washington Capitals, returned to the Canucks' lineup after missing 24 games with a fractured forearm.