Vancouver Canucks 3
Minnesota Wild 2
The Minnesota Wild opened their busy Thanksgiving weekend with a 3-2 loss to Vancouver Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center.
1. Vrbata's big night leads Canucks
After the Wild took a 1-0 lead the Canucks responded with a pair of goals from Radim Vrbata. Vrbata's first goal came near the end of the first period and the second came on the power play in the second period.
It proved to be enough as the Wild were not able to respond.
2. Vanek continues to lead the Wild in Parise's absence
Thomas Vanek now has a team-leading nine goals on the season. His first-period goal was one of the few offensive highlights in a disappointing night for the Wild.
3. Koivu's point streak continues
Mikko Koivu's helper on the Wild's first goal of the night put the Wild captain on a seven-game point streak. It's his second longest streak of the season.
Koivu collected helpers on both Wild goals in the game, upping his total to 16 on the season.
Tweet of the Night:
Mikael Granlund records his 100th NHL point.
The Wild host Winnipeg on Friday afternoon.