Walk on the Wild side

BOB MACKIN -- 24 hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

It seemed like there were more broken sticks on General Motors Place's ice last night than exciting scoring chances for either team.

Like the sticks, the Vancouver Canucks' performance was rather synthetic against the defensive- minded Minnesota Wild until Canuck Anson Carter scored the 2-1 game-winner on a power play with 6.1 seconds left.

Twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin assisted Carter's 30th goal as Minnesota's Mikko Koivu was serving a penalty assessed at 18:26 of the third period for hooking Daniel Sedin in the Minnesota zone.

Canucks' head coach Marc Crawford reunited forwards Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison for the first shift of the power play, but the West Coast Express line failed again to produce.

The game was scoreless for precisely 27 minutes until Daniel Sedin had an unassisted second period goal while three Wild players feebly tried clearing the puck from goaltender Manny Fernandez's crease.

Brian Rolston replied for Minnesota just 40 seconds later. Canucks' goaltender Alex Auld saved Rolston's shot with his upper body, but allowed the puck to trickle into the net behind him. Wes Walz and Pierre-Marc Bouchard assisted.

Canuck Alexandre Burrows, who had his first hat trick against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, could've had a pair of goals had it not been for outstanding leg saves by Fernandez in the first and third periods.

Canucks, with eight games remaining, end the homestand Friday at 7 p.m. against Minnesota (CKNW/Sportsnet).


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