Hot start. Cold finish. Again.
For the second straight game the Vancouver Canucks opened the scoring and outplayed their opposition early only to give up the lead and eventually the win in a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild Monday night at Rogers Arena.
After a scoreless opening frame, Vancouver got the monkey off its back with a power play goal 10:18 into the second; Henrik Sedin followed the bouncing puck and put it past Niklas Backstrom to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead.
Despite chance after chance after chance, the Canucks were unable to crack Backstrom, who finished with 22 saves, the rest of the game. The Wild responded with a power play goal to close out the second and a pair of goals six minutes apart early in the third to ice the game 3-1 and take a two-point lead on the Canucks in the Northwest Division standings.
Roberto Luongo made 22 saves in dropping his second consecutive regulation game at Rogers Arena.
No rest of the wicked, the Canucks are back at it Tuesday night with the St. Louis Blues in town.
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