Canucks fall to Wild 4-0.
The Vancouver Canucks were shut out for the second time in three games, this time losing 4-0 to the Minnesota Wild.
It's not as if the Canucks played badly; in fact, they outshot the home team 32-25. No, the NHL's best team was felled by a little known goaltender who put in a dazzling performance.
Anton Khudobin (who?) stopped all 32 shots he faced for his first career shut out, and he did it against one hell of a hockey team.
Corey Schnieder took the loss, his second straight. Schnieder was not at his best tonight, but he can hardly take full blame for the loss.
The Canucks had to play with a slightly depleted defence, as Andrew Alberts left the game with a shoulder injury and did not return. He joins Aaron Rome, who has an MCL sprain, and Alex Bolduc, who injured his shoulder last game, on the injured list.
The Wild scored their first goal in the second period, when Andrew Brunette shovelled the puck past Schneider after Schneider failed to cover up.
Martin Havlat then scored through Schneider's five hole after a turnover by Canucks D-man Alex Edler.
Then, with the Canucks on the powerplay in the third, a powerplay that has been dominant on the road, Matt Cullen broke in alone on Schneider and scored for a short handed goal.
John Madden completed the scoring on a nice tip shot past Schneider.
Call it fatigue from playing so many games so close together, or just the Canucks coming back to earth after a superhuman run, but there is no reason to hit the panic button yet, kiddies.
The Canucks next play Tuesday in Colorado against the Avalanche. Puck drops at 6 pt.
NOTES: Roberto Luongo will get the start in Colorado... After going unbeaten in his first 10 starts, Cory Schneider has lost his last two, recieving zero goals in that time.. Sami Salo may join the team sooner than later with Rome and Alberts injured.