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Henrik Sedin, Luongo power Canucks past Wild

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) -- Roberto Luongo and the Sedin twins

have the Vancouver Canucks looking as though they might be a

force in the playoffs. The Minnesota Wild, however, are fading

from postseason contention.

Henrik Sedin scored 4 minutes into overtime and Roberto Luongo

stopped 33 shots, leading the Canucks over the Wild 2-1 on

Tuesday night. Vancouver vaulted over idle Calgary into first

place in the Northwest Division.

"Back in January not many people thought we'd be in the spot we

are, but we've worked hard for where we are," Luongo said. "We

need to make sure here in the last few games that we keep

pushing and try to get that third seed."

Former Wild forward Pavol Demitra scored Vancouver's regulation

goal late in the second period and Marian Gaborik tied it at

5:14 of the third for the Wild.

The Canucks needed Luongo's dominance because they didn't have a

shot on goal in the third period. It was the first time

Minnesota held an opponent without a shot in a period since Oct.

29, 2000.

Daniel Sedin was credited with the assist on his brother's

winner, a slap shot that beat Niklas Backstrom high.

The line consisting of the Sedins and Alex Burrows has totaled

19 goals and 41 points over Vancouver's last 11 games. The Sedin

brothers' dominance has stood out down the stretch.

"The twins this past month when we've had 15 games to play have

been our top production guys," Canucks coach Alex Vigneault

said. "They've done it in pressure moments, and that's good for

us with the playoffs around the corner."

Luongo reached the 30-win mark for the fourth straight season.

Only four other goalies in the league have such active streaks.

Vancouver finally managed a shot 3:30 into overtime. Despite

Minnesota's late defensive stand, it still wasn't able to earn

the extra point.

"Everybody gave 100 percent and we couldn't come up with the two

points," Wild forward Stephane Veilleux said. "That seventh and

eighth playoff spot are tough to get, so not getting that extra

point hurts."

Both teams have a lot to play for late in the season. The

Canucks are now in control of the No. 3 seed that comes to the

Northwest winner.

"It's very important. Now we're in charge of our own destiny,"

Vancouver forward Ryan Kesler said. "The division is up to us to

have now, it's not up to whether Calgary wins or loses. It's

been a long time since we've had a hold of it."

The loss seriously damaged Minnesota's already slim playoff

chances. Minnesota is 11th in the West, and will need a lot of

pieces to fall into place to overcome the three teams it trails

with five games left.

One reason the Wild didn't gain ground on Tuesday was the

failure to score on five power-play opportunities, including

three in a row in the first and second periods.

"I felt that we didn't have enough on the power play," Wild

coach Jacques Lemaire said. "You just can't be waiting, waiting.

You have to put the puck on net."

Demitra, playing against his former team for the first time, was

credited with the game's first goal when his centering pass

bounced off Wild defenseman Kim Johnsson and into the net. It

was the 300th of his career.

Gaborik made it 1-1 when he beat former linemate Demitra deep in

Vancouver's zone and slipped a backhander by Luongo.

The Wild were without defenseman Brent Burns and forward

Pierre-Marc Bouchard, both out indefinitely with concussions.



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