They knew exactly what to expect and then did the unexpected.

Knowing that the keep-it-close script had been written by the Minnesota Wild long before they stepped on the ice Thursday, the Vancouver Canucks refused to act in the proper fashion. They wanted it to be pretty. They wanted it to be easy. However, they were outplayed and outworked in every conceivable category in a numbing 5-1 loss to the league's lowest-scoring team at the Excel Energy Center in second stop of a six-game road trip.