This time there was no late goal to bust the goose egg.

The cries were "Looooo, "not "boooo," although there must be many fans at Rogers Arena who switch back and forth, depending on how their goalie has played that night.

There was no early softie.

There was just Roberto Luongo making 33 saves on 33 Minnesota shots, 13 of those saves coming before the Canucks got on the scoreboard, which is important because you don't want to fall behind the Northwest Division-leading Wild unless your idea of fun is to chip and chase all night.

"That's a different team when they have the lead," said Alex Burrows, who moved one behind Daniel Sedin with his 12th goal of the season. "Lu gave us that chance to get the lead early.

"He made some tough saves that looked easy and when he does that you know he's in his groove."