ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Zach Parise had two goals and an assist, Niklas Backstrom had 25 saves and the Minnesota Wild beat Vancouver 4-2 Sunday night to move into a first-place tie with the Canucks.
Jason Zucker and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Wild, who won their fourth straight home game and beat their Northwest Division rivals for the first time this season.
Cory Schneider made 28 saves, and Henrik Sedin and Chris Higgins scored for the Canucks, who fell to 1-3-2 in their past six games.
The Wild have struggled with slow starts all season, but needed only 24 seconds to take the lead when Parise kicked off a contentious first period with his 10th goal. It was Minnesota's first first-period goal in three games against Vancouver.
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