ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild won't go away, or stop scoring.
Andrew Brunette's two goals led another unlikely outburst by the Wild, who sidestepped elimination for the fifth time this postseason with a 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.
"We're a resilient bunch," Brunette said.
The Western Conference semifinal series is tied at 3, with a deciding Game 7 set for tonight in Vancouver.
The winner will face the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the West finals. Both the Canucks and Wild rallied from 3-1 deficits in the first round.
"I like the fact we've been through it once," Canucks coach Marc Crawford said of Game 7. "We have to play a full 60 minutes. Our guys are ready to do that. Better we made a mistake tonight and not tomorrow night."
Dwayne Roloson made 30 saves for Minnesota, who also got goals from Darby Hendrickson, Antti Laaksonen and seldom-used Lubomir Sekeras. Cliff Ronning had three assists, and Marian Gaborik added two as the Wild went 3-for-5 on the power play.
The Wild are an NHL-leading 14-for-55 (25.5 percent) on the man advantage during the postseason.
Minnesota was a surprise qualifier for the playoffs in its third season. The Wild became just the fourth team in NHL history to win five elimination games in one postseason.
No team has ever overcome two 3-1 series deficits in the same postseason. The Wild trailed Colorado by that number in the first round before winning three straight — two in Denver.
Hendrickson, Laaksonen and Brunette scored in a third period that turned ugly toward the end. Eight of the game's 15 penalties were called in the final frame.
Ed Jovanovski scored his seventh goal of the playoffs for the Canucks, who have not lost three straight all season.
Canucks goalie Dan Cloutier, pulled after giving up six goals in two periods on Monday, fell apart in the final period amid thundering chants of "Sieve! Sieve! Sieve!" from the overflow crowd of 19,350.
Neither team made their goalie available for comment.
"Danny's fine," teammate Todd Bertuzzi said. "Danny's a strong individual. He's one of the reason's why we're in the situation that we're in."
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