User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Wild double up Canucks, 'over' connects

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Zach Parise had two goals and an assist, Niklas Backstrom had 25 saves and the Minnesota Wild beat Vancouver 4-2 Sunday night to move into a first-place tie with the Canucks.

Advertisement
Jason Zucker and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Wild, who won their fourth straight home game and beat their Northwest Division rivals for the first time this season.

Cory Schneider made 28 saves, and Henrik Sedin and Chris Higgins scored for the Canucks, who fell to 1-3-2 in their past six games.

The Wild have struggled with slow starts all season, but needed only 24 seconds to take the lead when Parise kicked off a contentious first period with his 10th goal. It was Minnesota's first first-period goal in three games against Vancouver.

Things got testy with a slew of roughing, fighting and unsportsmanlike conduct calls midway through the period that saw eight total players in the penalty box at the same time.

Cal Clutterbuck had to be restrained in the box when he saw Alex Burrows took a few swings at Wild captain Mikko Koivu - over the head of the referee separating them.

A minute later, Mike Rupp flipped Tom Sestito's helmet to the ice before throwing him down as the two fought.

Minnesota ended up killing two consecutive power plays and went up 2-0 when Matt Cullen slipped a pretty pass to Zucker in front of the net at 18:31.

Spurgeon's second-period goal made it 3-0 before Higgins' one-timer from the right circle found its way through Backstrom's pads to make it 3-1 at 7:51.

The Canucks pulled to 3-2 early in the third when the puck was deflected into the air and hit off Sedin's leg into the net, but Parise added his second goal of the game when he put the puck between Schneider's skate and the goal post at 6:29.

Notes: The Canucks haven't scored in their past 20 power plays. ... Minnesota has a power-play goal in a season-high four straight games, and six of the past seven. ... Ryan Suter has a Wild season-best seven-game point streak. ... D Tom Gilbert (illness) missed his first game with the Wild. ... Minnesota is 9-2-1 at home, with points in five straight games.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Sportsbook: Updated Odds and Props
Sens sign goalie Lehner to extension
Devils sign Andy Greene to extension
Jackets sign D'Amigo, Tyrell to deals
Wings hire assistants Hiller, Brewer
Kings re-sign Dwight King to 3-year deal
Canadiens add 2 to coaching staff
Wild re-sign Fontaine to 2-year contract
Staal has surgery to fix muscle injury
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NHL Pro Hockey Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2013 NHL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 2196
Bruce Marshall + 1208
Joe Williams + 62
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last 7 Days  
   
   
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1956
Bill Marzano + 603
   
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 900
Tony Stoffo + 553
Bill Marzano + 341
Yesterday's Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Yesterday  
   
   
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 2026
Joe Williams + 1559
Bill Marzano + 989
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!