VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Eric Staal is having the type of scoring surge where it seems the puck finds its way into the net whenever he shoots.
The Minnesota center scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the Wild surged past the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Friday night.
Staal has 11 goals in his last nine games, giving him 37 for the season — just three behind Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for the league lead.
“A lot of people say, ‘Look how lucky he is,'” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “But in the end, it’s not luck. The good players do that.”
Zach Parise, Matt Cullen, Marcus Foligno and Charlie Coyle —with an empty-netter — also scored for the Wild, who have won three straight and eight of their past 10. Minnesota leads Dallas by three points for third in the…