The Wild search for offense continued Tuesday night and the team didn't find it in Vancouver. For the sixth straight game, the squad could only muster one lone goal in regulation as they fell 2-1 to the Canucks.
"It's not like we didn't have some chances. It's gonna come," said head coach Mike Yeo. "The way our guys battled, the travel, the back-to-back games. I'm real impressedwith this group and it's not like we're sitting here happy after a loss, but if we keep going and we keep doing our thing then it will come."
Devin Setoguchi had the only goal for the Wild who drop to 6-6-1 and have not won in Vancouver since January 31, 2009.
The Canucks scored first on a Kevin Bieksa goal at the end of a power play when Bieksa took a centering feed from Zach Kassian and beat Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper who played in his NHL debut after subbing in for Josh Harding. Harding was scheduled to play but was scratched afte dealing with effects of medication he takes for multiple sclerosis.
Jannik Hansen scored what turned out to be the game winner in the second period as he beat Kuemper with a goal that went off the crossbar and in. The Wild and Canucks combined for just 12 shots in the second period. The Wild mustered just four of them.
The third period saw Minnesota turn up the pressure and create chances in the offensive zone. They just couldn't put a puck past Roberto Luongo.
The Wild return home for two games beginning tomorrow night as they host the Colorado Avalanche.