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Associated Press
12/19/2006 11:41:07 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Branko Radivojevic scored twice and Brian Rolston had a goal and an assist to lead the Minnesota Wild past the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Tuesday night for a split of their home-and-home series.

Pavol Demitra and Mark Parrish also scored for the Wild, who won in regulation for only the second time in 21 games. Minnesota has five overtime or shootout wins during that stretch.

Trevor Linden and Kevin Bieksa scored for Vancouver, which lost for the first time in four games.

Coming off a winless three-game swing through western Canada in which it scored just four goals, Minnesota improved to 13-3-1 at home with its fourth straight win in the Xcel Energy Center. Only Anaheim (14) has more home wins.

Demitra, who scored Minnesota's lone goal in Saturday's 2-1 loss in Vancouver, put the Wild up 1:47 into the game when his slap shot from the blue-line beat Roberto Luongo low on the glove side.

Luongo, who allowed as many goals against Minnesota as he did during his three-game winning streak, stopped 22 shots. Manny Fernandez stopped 20 for Minnesota.

Rolston, who has three goals in three home games against the Canucks this season, made it 2-0 at 2:01 of the second period.

Luongo couldn't control a shot from Pierre-Marc Bouchard, and Rolston poked the rebound to the left side of the crease where he wristed it into an open net.

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