Minnesota 2, Vancouver 1

Nov. 28, 2001 at 12:08 AM
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ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Manny Fernandez came within 21 seconds of his second straight shutout and Sergei Zholtok and Wes Walz scored third-period goals Tuesday night to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Coming off a 2-0 blanking at San Jose in his last start on Wednesday, Fernandez held Vancouver off the board until Matt Cooke scored 19:39 into the third period. He made 26 saves and backstopped the Wild to their third win in four games.

Fernandez outdueled Dan Cloutier, who stopped all 14 shots over two periods and finished with 16 saves.

Zholtok broke the scoreless deadlock with 9:05 remaining when he won a battle for the puck along the right boards and moved to the top of the faceoff circle. With traffic in front of the net, Zholtok took a slap shot that beat Dan Cloutier just inside the left goalpost for his fourth goal.

Walz made it 2-0 with 2:41 remaining as he took a feed in the right circle from Pascal Dupuis. With his back to the net, Walz turned and put a wrist shot through traffic and past Cloutier for his third goal of the season and second in as many games.

The Canucks halved the deficit in the final minute as Markus Naslund passed from behind the net to Cooke, who one-timed the puck past Fernandez for his sixth goal.

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