ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks didn't cut it nearly as close as they did in Game 1.
Ed Jovanovski tied it with 2:06 remaining in regulation, and Brent Sopel scored 15:52 into overtime Friday night as Vancouver beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 to take a 3-1 series lead.
"They're used to battling back to get back in the game," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said. "They have that confidence. We haven't done that much in this series."
Game 5 is Monday night in Vancouver, where the Canucks trailed 3-1 midway through the third period of Game 1 before rallying for a 4-3 overtime win. Matt Cooke tied that game with 1.2 seconds left.
"You've got to have that fight in you," said Ed Jovanovski, whose tip-in of Sopel's slap shot tied it 2. The defenseman has six goals in the playoffs, matching his regular-season total.
In overtime, Sopel sent a slap shot under Manny Fernandez's glove on an extended power play.
Filip Kuba was given a double-minor penalty for hitting Todd Bertuzzi in the eye with his stick, giving the Canucks a four-minute power play.
Darby Hendrickson forced Jovanovski into a turnover at mid-ice, but his breakaway shot was stopped by goalie Dan Cloutier.
With 18 seconds left on the man advantage, Sopel took a pass from Markus Naslund, wound up and scored -- prompting the Wild's Nick Schultz to slam his stick in half on the net in frustration.
Marian Gaborik scored twice for the Wild, answering Cooke's early third-period goal with the go-ahead score 65 seconds later.
Minnesota is 1-4 at home in the playoffs.
"It seems like that one little play is just not happening right now," said center Wes Walz, who assisted on Gaborik's goals.
The Wild weren't happy with the penalty on Kuba, and a call late in regulation was equally infuriating.
Bertuzzi slammed Minnesota's Willie Mitchell into the boards and got a penalty, but Andrei Zyuzin was called for hooking 43 seconds later to negate the power play.
Jovanovski then scored on the 4-on-4 to tie it.
"There was only one reason they tied the game up," Lemaire said. "You guys saw the game. I can't comment on it. That's why this game gets so frustrating some times."
The Wild trailed Colorado in the first round 3-1 before winning the last three games, but no team in NHL history has overcome a 3-1 series deficit twice in one year.
"They're down 3-1, but look what they did against Colorado," Sopel said. "They're a great team, they work hard ... we just have to stick to our systems and take it shift by shift."
Fernandez, who made 27 saves, started for the first time since giving up four goals in Game 1.
Cloutier made 25 saves for Vancouver, which has won six of seven since falling behind St. Louis 3-1 in the first round
Gaborik has eight goals in 11 playoff games for the Wild, who continued to keep the Canucks' top line of Naslund, Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison quiet.
They helped Vancouver to a league-best 264 goals during the regular season, but have only nine points in the series.
The Canucks, who had only 13 shots on goal in a 3-2 win in Game 3, cranked up their attack late in the first period and took the lead on Gaborik's goal with 37.1 seconds remaining.
Notes: Vancouver's last trip to the Western Conference final was in 1994, when it beat Toronto 4-1 and lost in seven games to the New York Rangers in the final. ... Commissioner Gary Bettman was among the overflow sellout crowd of 19,386.
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