Wild Force Game 7

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2003 Playoffs

Andrew Brunette scored two goals as the Minnesota Wild beat the Vancouver Canucks, 5-1, to avoid elimination and set the stage for the deciding Game 7.

"We're a resilient bunch," Brunette said.

The Wild is trying to become the first team in the NHL to overcome two 3-1 series deficits in the same playoffs. Minnesota rallied to beat Colorado in the opening round by winning the last three games.

"We can't think about what's happened in the past," Minnesota left wing Antti Laaksonen said. "It's 0-0. We've got one game coming up. You can't think about the fact that it's never been done before."

Dwayne Roloson made 30 saves for Minnesota, who also got goals from Darby Hendrickson, Laaksonen and Lubomir Sekeras. The Wild went 3-for-5 on the power play.

"I like the fact we've been through it once," Canucks coach Marc Crawford said of Game 7. "We have to play a full 60 minutes. Our guys are ready to do that. Better we made a mistake tonight and not tomorrow night."

Game 7 is on Thursday in Vancouver. The winner will face the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the Western Conference finals.

"The score doesn't indicate what your confidence is like. We're a confident group and we've got to be confident," Vancouver left wing Todd Bertuzzi said. "We've played a Game Seven in our home and we've played extremely well at home, so we need to go back, regroup ourselves and start over."

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