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Luongo lifts Canucks to 2-1 win over Wild

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2013 at 2:05 am •  Published: February 13, 2013
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"I took a little longer than I would have liked to get it off, but it's such a good play that I have so much time and I can kind of dust the puck off more than I would normally," Hansen said.

Raymond extended his point streak to four games. His line with Hansen and rookie Jordan Schroeder continued to have success.

"They're quick, and obviously their skill level is very high," Vigneault said. "They made some nice plays and were strong on the puck. They combine the speed, the skill and a little bit of grit.

"They're tough to handle, and the goal they scored was a real nice goal."

Setoguchi got the Wild within 2-1 four minutes later on the power play with a highlight-reel finish. Mikael Granlund and Matt Cullen worked to dig the puck out of the corner, allowing Setoguchi to skate out front, dragged the puck to his forehand and put the puck past Luongo.

It was Setoguchi's second goal in three games after he failed to record any in the first nine games of the season.

"Sometimes you've got to give a guy credit," Luongo said. "I thought I had him all the way but he made a perfect shot."

That goal came on the third of the Wild's four shots in the period.

Vancouver came out of the second intermission looking to regain the two-goal cushion. Daniel Sedin had a partial breakaway but was turned aside by Kuemper's quick blocker save, keeping the Wild within one.

Minnesota was stymied on its best chance to tie the game just past the 5-minute mark. Parise found himself alone in front, and his quick shot was kicked out to Ryan Suter in the slot, but the defenseman sent a shot off the post. Suter has yet to score a goal for the Wild since signing a big free agent deal in the offseason.

"We played the (third) period the way we needed to play it," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. "You can't just open it up, and all of a sudden next thing you know they get the next goal.

"We stuck with it, we got the chances we needed to get, and we just didn't finish. We did everything except finish."

In the final minute, with Kuemper pulled for an extra attacker, Luongo made a big stop against Setoguchi, and then blocked the rebound. He made 10 stops in the final period.

"He walked in from the bench, so it was tough to cover him but I was able to challenge him," Luongo said of his save on Setoguchi. "He wasn't able to get (the shot) up so I was able to get a pad on it."

NOTES: Henrik Sedin entered the game one point shy of Markus Naslund's Canucks scoring record. He has 755 points. The Canucks captain hasn't scored in 12 games to begin the season.