Talbot remains undefeated, Wild spoil Canucks home opener


VANCOUVER — Cam Talbot won his fifth straight game to start the season, and the Minnesota Wild spoiled the Vancouver Canucks’ home opener with a 3-2 win at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.

Mats Zuccarello, Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba scored, and Talbot made 22 saves to improve to 5-0-0 this season for the Wild (5-1-0), who bounced back from a 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Sunday. 

Alex Chiasson and Bo Horvat scored, and Thatcher Demko made 27 saves for the Canucks (3-3-1), who opened the season by going 3-2-1 on a six-game road trip that ended with consecutive wins.

Zuccarello gave the Wild a 1-0 lead 7:41 into the first period, scoring between Demko’s legs on a breakaway pass from Joel Eriksson Ek. It was the first time in six games this season that Minnesota scored first, and the 100th NHL point (46 goals, 54 assists) for Eriksson Ek in 272 games. 

Brodin made it 2-0 at 2:27 of the second period by winning a battle for his own rebound at the top of the crease after his initial shot off the rush was partially blocked. 

Chiasson cut it to 2-1 at 10:46 with five seconds left in a power play. The Canucks controlled play after Wild forward Marcus Foligno broke his stick early on the penalty kill, and Chiasson deflected a one-time slap pass from Elias Pettersson past Talbot in tight.

Dumba made it 3-1 at 3:54 of the third period, one-timing a 2-on-1 pass from Rem Pitlick, who was making his Wild debut after being claimed off waivers from the Predators on Oct. 5.

Horvat scored with a high backhand on a partial breakaway at 15:53 to make it 3-2.

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