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Minnesota 3, Vancouver 2
When: 10:00 PM ET, Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Steve Kozari, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen: Dan Kelly, Vaughan Rody
Attendance: 18870

Matt Dumba's first goal of the season, early in the third period, proved to be the difference as the visiting Minnesota Wild earned a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

Mats Zuccarello and Jonas Brodin also scored, and Wild goaltender Cam Talbot made 22 saves to earn his team's fifth win in six games to kick off the campaign. Although not as busy as his counterpart, Talbot stood tall to earn his fifth victory in as many starts, particularly when he made a clutch save on Brock Boeser's one-timer during an odd-man rush in the early going.

Alex Chiasson and Bo Horvat scored for the Canucks, who dropped their home opener. Goalie Thatcher Demko stopped 27 shots in a strong performance.

Zuccarello's third goal of the season sent the Wild off and running. Sprung on a breakaway by Joel Eriksson Ek, Zuccarello zipped a five-hole shot to give the Wild a 1-0 edge at 7:41 of the opening frame. It was the first time this season that the Wild opened the scoring.

Brodin's first goal of the campaign doubled the lead 147 seconds into the middle frame. After stepping up to reach the high slot, Brodin sent a shot to the net then had the sense to pounce on the rebound and find the target.

The Canucks needed a boost to get back in the game and received it when Chiasson netted a power-play goal just past the midway point of the second period. Chiasson set up shop in the slot and redirected Elias Pettersson's cross-ice pass for his second marker of the season.

However, Dumba restored Minnesota's two-goal lead four minutes into the third period. Dumba joined a two-on-one rush and one-timed a perfect cross-ice pass from Rem Pitlick to net the game-winning goal.

Horvat made it a one-goal game with little more than four minutes remaining, burying a backhander while fending off a check to score his fourth goal of the season. But the hosts couldn't find the equalizer.

Adding to the Canucks' woes, defenseman Tucker Poolman left the game with an injury in the second period.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Minnesota   Vancouver
Jonas Brodin 1 Points Alex Chiasson 1
Jonas Brodin 1 Goals Alex Chiasson 1
Brandon Duhaime 1 Assists Quinn Hughes 1
N/A Power Play Goals Alex Chiasson 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Cam Talbot .917 Save Percentage Thatcher Demko .900
Cam Talbot 22 Saves Thatcher Demko 27
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 30 3 0-2 2-3 6 25
Vancouver 24 2 1-3 2-2 4 30
Upcoming Games
  • Vancouver will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Canucks have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Seattle. The Wild have a W/L % of .750 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.