Vancouver Canucks are looking for another huge victory tonight against "Minny."
Anson Carter's game-winning, power play goal with just 6.1 seconds left Wednesday night strengthened Vancouver's bid for a playoff spot with eight games remaining. Daniel and Henrik Sedin set-up one of the most important goals of the season for the Canucks, who appeared headed to overtime against the Minnesota Wild.
"Those guys control the game, control the puck and give me the opportunity to put the other team to sleep," Carter said of his twin linemates.
Usually it's the defensive-focused Wild lulling opponents and fans to sleep by jamming the neutral zone and preventing attacks. They almost got away with coach Jacques Lemaire's trademark strategy until Mikko Koivu's costly hooking penalty late in regulation.
The Seventh-place Canucks will need to repeat their disciplined approach tonight at General Motors Place (7 p.m., CKNW/Sportsnet).
On Wednesday, they were booked with only two minor penalties. The Canucks' only third period citation was a 10-minute misconduct assessed to Alexandre Burrows in a post-game melee.
Don't expect to see Matt Cooke as the Canucks wind down the homestand. He was concussed in a Monday night collision with Los Angeles King Dustin Brown and could be out for a week or more.
Canucks visit Teemu Selanne, Scott Niedermayer and the rest of Brian Burke's surging Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Sunday at 1 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time in the Arrowhead Pond (CKNW/pay-per-view). It'll be a must-win game for both squads.