Booth's 2 goals lead Vancouver Canucks over Minnesota Wild
Vancouver Canucks left wing David Booth (7) reacts after scoring on Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper during the second period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:53PM EDT
ST. PAUL, Minn. — David Booth scored two unassisted goals and Eddie Lack made 29 saves to lead the Vancouver Canucks over the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Zack Kassian, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler also scored for Vancouver as the Canucks try to make a late push to overtake Phoenix and Dallas for the Western Conference's final wild-card playoff spot.
Minnesota outshot Vancouver 31-19 and got goals from Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter, but lost its third straight at home.
Booth scored for the second consecutive game after going scoreless in his previous 32.
On his first goal, Booth took the puck the length of the ice after a faceoff and fired it past Darcy Kuemper.
Booth's second goal broke a 1-1 tie in the second period and came after Jared Spurgeon whiffed on a pass in the Wild zone, leading to a bad turnover and a point-blank look for Booth.
Minnesota, currently holding the first wild-card spot in the West, controlled play for most of the first two periods, but failed to capitalize on four power plays and fell behind 3-1.
Ilya Bryzgalov took over for the slumping Kuemper after two periods. Kuemper allowed three goals in 12 shots, the fifth time in his last seven start he's allowed at least three goals.
The switch didn't get Minnesota going. Vancouver killed an early third period power play, and then put the game away on Sedin's goal at 11:12 to make it 4-1.
The goal was Sedin's first in his last 23 games and his first point in his last 13.
Coyle's goal was his third in three games. The center had scored only once in his previous 24 games.
Lack got a little help in the second period from Alexander Edler. Zach Parise stuffed the puck between Lack's pads, but just before it crossed the goal line, Edler swept it away.
Vancouver has won six of its last nine after losing 11 of 12.
Both Phoenix and Dallas were idle on Wednesday. The Canucks now have 78 points, Dallas 79 and Phoenix 82.
Henrik Sedin missed the game with a leg injury and didn't make the trip.
NOTES: Wild G Niklas Backstrom and F Jason Zucker each underwent successful surgeries yesterday and should be ready for the start of the 2014-15 season. Backstrom had core muscle surgery and Zucker had a tendon in his left quadriceps repaired. ... F Alexandre Burrows played for Vancouver after missing Sunday's game with a hand injury. ... The Sedins have only played in two games together in March. ... The Wild beings a four-game road trip in St. Louis on Thursday.