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Minnesota 7, Vancouver 2
Posted: Tuesday May 06, 2003 01:25 AM
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Minnesota Wild again proved they are at their best when their backs are against the wall.

Cliff Ronning scored twice in a five-goal second period as the Wild remained perfect when facing elimination, rolling to a 7-2 rout of the Vancouver Canucks in Game Five of their Western Conference semifinal series.

Jason Marshall, Andrew Brunette and Marian Gaborik also struck in the second for Minnesota, which never had scored more than six goals in a game in its three-year history. But the Wild improved to 4-0 when facing elimination and will host Game Six on Wednesday.

Trent Klatt set up both goals for Vancouver, which lost for just the second time in its last eight games.

The Canucks had the momentum after Brendan Morrison scored with 1:47 left in the first period to forge a 1-1 tie. But a high-sticking penalty on Vancouver captain Markus Naslund gave Minnesota a power play that carried into the second period.

A former Canuck who was benched in Game Three, Ronning put the Wild ahead for good at the 68-second mark when he fired a slap shot from above the right faceoff circle past goaltender Dan Cloutier, who was screened by Brunette.