Schneider sharp as Canucks surge past Wild 4-1
"The more you press, the more you squeeze your stick, the cuter you try to get, the more you try to force things, all the things that it takes to score goals, believe it or not you start to hurt yourself," Yeo said.
The home crowd, starting to wonder when or if this renovated team is going to play up to the potential created by the summer signings of Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, let out a few boos as the Wild left the ice at the first intermission. They got louder after the second period and more pronounced at the final horn.
"It's not fun right now. Things aren't going well," Suter said.
After allowing five goals on 14 shots in the season opener, Schneider put himself back on track. He was sharp whenever the Wild got close.
Coyle and Koivu made consecutive crisp passes from the corner to the circle to set up Parise on the edge of the opposite circle, but Schneider was there to knock the puck out of harm's way. The Wild put more pressure on Schneider in the second period, but they fumbled away whatever momentum they had wrestled away.
With Backstrom sprawled out after making a diving save, defenseman Clayton Stoner cleared the puck -- right to Raymond's stick. He wound up for the easy goal, like he was playing a pinball machine. Less than two minutes later, Raymond set up Hansen for a breakaway to make it 4-0.
"When we broke down, Cory was there to make some big saves. But that start was huge, and we were able to ride that wave," said Alex Burrows, who had an assist.
Notes: Jordan Schroeder, a 2009 first-round draft pick by the Canucks out of the University of Minnesota, played his first NHL game in his home state. He attended high school at St. Thomas Academy in the St. Paul suburb of Mendota Heights, where the Canucks happened to practice Wednesday. ... Sedin has 53 points in 65 career games against the Wild. ... Zenon Konopka had 22 penalty minutes for the Wild, including two fights. He was whistled for instigating the second one and then ejected with a game misconduct call as he yelled and pointed at Dale Weise when they were in the box.
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