VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Vancouver Canucks goalie Dan Cloutier would like to face Sergei Zholtok's long-range shot again.
Zholtok's shot from just inside the blue line tied it midway through the third period, and the Minnesota Wild rallied from a two-goal deficit to play the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-2 draw Tuesday night.
Zholtok was cutting across the ice when he caught Cloutier leaning to his left and sent a long slap shot that went in off the right post.
"You've got to give the shooter some credit, but obviously I would like to have it anytime it's that far out," said Cloutier, who finished with 22 saves.
" I hit a good spot, Zholtok sai. "I just wanted to put it on the net and hope good things will happen and they happened.
Zholtok, who missed four of the previous five games with flulike symptoms, added an assist as Minnesota recorded its fifth point through four games of a season-long five-game road trip.
"Any points we could get is huge for us," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "We wanted our team to be resilient and they were."
Markus Naslund and Brent Sopel had a goal and an assist each for the Canucks, who remain five points up on Minnesota in the Northwest Division.
"We could have been seven points up," Naslund said. "The way the game ended up being played it was disappointing."
Nick Schultz also scored for the Wild, who fell behind early.
Naslund opened the scoring 3:15 in with his NHL-best 35th goal of the season and helped set up Sopel's power-play goal just over four minutes later.
Sopel's goal, which came with Brad Brown serving the second half of a double minor for high sticking, was the first given up by Wild penalty killers in 38 chances over the last nine games.
But it wasn t enough to finish a Minnesota team playing its fourth road game in eight days.
"If we would have kept going the same way we probably would have been up 3-0 and I think that would have been the game," Naslund said. "But we didn't play with the same intensity we came out with and that was the difference."
Schultz responded for the Wild before the end of the first period, beating Cloutier, who was screened, from the point after Zholtok won a faceoff cleanly in the Vancouver end.
"That was huge because you don't want to be down 2-0 after the first," Zholtok said.
Roloson started his franchise-record ninth consecutive game, and made 20 stops, including three in overtime.
"I was a little shaky early, but the guys battled back for me and we were able to get a point, which is key." Roloson said.
Notes: The teams finished 2-2-1 in the season series. ... Roloson is scheduled to start Wednesday in Edmonton.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.