42-29-1, 17-16-1 away
45-23-1, 22-13-0 home

Wild score five unanswered goals in second period

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild used a

franchise-record scoring burst to get back into their playoff

series with Vancouver.


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Cliff Ronning scored his first two goals of the playoffs and

Marian Gaborik added his league-best ninth as Minnesota avoided

elimination with a 7-2 win over the Canucks on Monday night.

"We were looking for breaks in this series and I think we got

all of them today,'' Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said. "The

puck was rolling for us and we were able to make plays and the puck

was going.''

Richard Park, Jason Marshall, Andrew Brunette and Wes Walz also

scored as the Wild got seven goals for the first in their

three-year history.

"It s a good confidence builder for your hockey team anytime

you score seven goals,'' said Wild defenseman Willie Mitchell, who

played despite an injured right wrist and was selected the game's

third star.

Minnesota still trails 3-2 in the series heading home for Game 6

Wednesday night. Game 7, if necessary, would be back in Vancouver

on Thursday.

Both teams overcame 3-1 series deficits in the first round, and

the Wild are looking to become the first team to do it twice in the

same postseason.

"Tonight is a big win for us, but we've got a long road to

go,'' Mitchell added. "We played pretty well against Colorado with

our backs against the wall, and they were in a similar situation

too, and they know anything can happen.''

Wild goalie Dwayne Roloson was back in net after watching Manny

Fernandez start Game 4. Roloson, who started Games 2 and 3, made 25


Brendan Morrison and Henrik Sedin scored for the Canucks.

Vancouver goaltender Dan Cloutier gave up six goals on 21 shots

and was pulled after two periods for rookie Alex Auld.

"Our composure wasn't good, our patience wasn't good and our

battle level wasn't good,'' said Canucks coach Marc Crawford. "If

there's one consolation, it's that this was a group loss tonight.''

Minnesota broke open a close game with five unanswered goals in

the second period.

After Park scored on the game's first shot at 3:20, Morrison

tied it with 1:47 left in the first period, and the Canucks

appeared to take over the momentum with a handful of big hits. But

Ronning restored the lead on a long point shot during a 4-on-3

power play 1:08 into the second period, and the Wild never looked back.

"It was an awful performance by pretty much everyone here,''

said Canucks captain Markus Naslund. "The first period we were OK,

but then we got down a goal, and all of a sudden we didn't play the

way we were supposed to.''

Marshall converted Brunette's rebound and Brunette scored a goal

of his own after a bad Canucks line change. With only four Canucks

on the ice, Brunette beat Ed Jovanovski behind the net and roofed a

backhander from the side of the crease.

Gaborik, left unchecked at the side of the net, banged in a

rebound at 16:07.

"The puck was moved very well tonight and we got some lucky

bounces,'' said Ronning, who made it 6-1 just over three minutes

later after picking off Jovanovski's pass in front of the Vancouver


"Personally I was terrible,'' said Jovanovski, who was minus-4

in the second period as the Canucks gave up five goals in a period

for the first time in their playoff history.

Sedin scored with 43 seconds left in the second, and things got

interesting when Roloson bumped Trevor Linden as the teams left the

ice after the period.

Cloutier challenged Roloson and threw a couple of errant punches

before the referees pulled him away. Roloson and Cloutier both

received roughing minors, but Cloutier got an extra penalty for

leaving his crease.

The physical play continued when Gaborik took a hard elbow from

Vancouver defenseman Mattias Ohlund two minutes into the third and

lay prone on the ice. Gaborik had to be helped to the locker room,

but returned midway through the period.

Walz scored shorthanded with 3:40 left.

Game notes

The road team has won every game in this series since

Game 1. .. The Canucks have led only 38 minutes, 23 seconds -- all

in a Game 3 win -- of the entire series. ... Wild D Brad Bombardir

didn't play after returning in Game 4 from a 30-game absence

because of a back injury. Wild LW Pascal Dupuis left in the third

period with an undisclosed lower body injury. ... Jovanovski failed

to score for the first time in five games, leaving him one short of

Paul Coffey's 1983 record for consecutive games with a goal by a