With 10 games left in the regular season for the Vancouver Canucks, there's little danger of falling out of first place.
They're more concerned about this recent series of uncharacteristic performances. They're still on solid footing for the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs, but on the ice they've been slipping.
Erik Christensen's power-play goal late in the second period gave goalie Josh Harding and the Minnesota Wild a long-sought victory, 2-0 over the suddenly sputtering Canucks on Monday.
''It's about playing our game and trusting that our system is going to win us games and not individual efforts. That's what won us games last year,'' said captain Henrik Sedin, who is rarely held without a point against Minnesota.
Kyle Brodziak's empty-netter gave the Wild even more to smile about, hearing a rare end-of-the-game roar from their fans after this win over the Northwest Division leader and competitor for the NHL's best record. Minnesota ended a five-game home losi...