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Radivojevic scores twice, Rolston has two points as Wild down Canucks 5-2

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Minnesota\'s Pavel Demitra, centre, is congratulated by teammates after scoring. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) Author: The Hockey News

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Radivojevic scores twice, Rolston has two points as Wild down Canucks 5-2

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Pavol Demitra and Mark Parrish also scored for the Wild, who won in regulation for only the second time in 21 games. Minnesota has five overtime or shootout wins during that stretch. Trevor Linden and Kevin Bieksa scored for Vancouver, which lost for the first time in four games.

Coming off a winless three-game swing through western Canada in which it scored just four goals, Minnesota improved to 13-3-1 at home with its fourth straight win in the Xcel Energy Center. Only Anaheim (14) has more home wins.

Demitra, who scored Minnesota's lone goal in Saturday's 2-1 loss in Vancouver, put the Wild up 1:47 into the game when his slap shot from the blue-line beat Roberto Luongo low on the glove side.

Luongo, who allowed as many goals against Minnesota as he did during his three-game winning streak, stopped 22 shots. Manny Fernandez stopped 20 for Minnesota.

Rolston, who has three goals in three home games against the Canucks this season, made it 2-0 at 2:01 of the second period.

Luongo couldn't control a shot from Pierre-Marc Bouchard, and Rolston poked the rebound to the left side of the crease where he wristed it into an open net.

Linden scored for the second time in two games for Vancouver nearly five minutes later when his slap shot from the right circle found the top corner of the net. Ryan Kesler screened Fernandez, preventing the goalie from seeing the shot.

Radivojevic scored his first point in 11 games when his slap shot got by Luongo late in the period.

Parrish beat Luongo from the left dot midway through the third.

Bieksa scored on a two-man advantage with 4:43 to play, but Radivojevic scored an empty-netter at 18:04.

Notes: Minnesota is 8-0 when Rolston has a multipoint game. . . . Although he practised with the team Monday, Vancouver D Sami Salo missed his sixth straight game with a shoulder injury. . . . D Kurtis Foster skated hard before Minnesota's practice Tuesday, but missed his ninth straight game with an injured larynx. . . . The game was the first of three in four days on the road for the Canucks against teams from three different divisions. Vancouver is at Boston on Thursday and Columbus on Friday. . . . Three of Minnesota's next four games are against Detroit, including a home-and-home set Friday and Saturday.

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Radivojevic scores twice, Rolston has two points as Wild down Canucks 5-2