Minnesota Wild fall flat in Anaheim
The Minnesota Wild was dominated from the opening drop of the puck, but it had a chance to tie the game in the final minutes.
The Anaheim Ducks scored three unanswered over the final two periods to finish with a 3-1 victory Friday at the Honda Center.
The Ducks held a decided advantage in offensive zone time.
A big part of it was failed clearing attempts. It looks bad on the players, but Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau had his team better prepared for what the Wild were going to do than the other way around.
Wherever the Wild tried to get the puck out of the zone, a Duck was waiting to intercept or steal it.
The Wild defensemen eventually tried to get the puck out of the zone up the middle of the ice to the center, but they were not ready for it and a turnover resulted.
Just as the Wild (4-3-1) scored to get some momentum, Tom Gilbert was called for a highly questionable tripping penalty with three minutes and 20 seconds remaining in the game.
Gilbert turned into Bobby Ryan to chase a puck. Ryan then altered his route and dove over Gilbert's stick.
That call came less than 30 seconds after the Wild failed to score on its only power play of the game. The Ducks finished 1-2 with the man advantage.
The Wild got the game's first goal when Marco Scandella snuck a long wrist through Viktor Fasth nine minutes and 44 seconds into the game. Matt Cullen recorded the only assist on the goal, but left the game in the third period after falling awkwardly into the boards. Mike Yeo did not give an update on him after the game.
The Wild's top line was taken out of the game and did not record a shot on goal until late in the third period.
No. 3 – Kyle Palmieri. The Ducks forward scored two goals.
No. 2 – Teemu Selanne. The Ducks forward recorded three assists.
No. 1 – Bobby Ryan. The Ducks forward recorded a goal and two assists.
Minnesota 1 0 0 – 1
Anaheim 0 1 2 – 3
First Period – 1, Minnesota, Scandella 1 (Cullen), 9:44. Penalties – Bouchard, Min (high sticking), 7:29.
Second Period – 2, Anaheim, Palmieri 2 (Ryan, Selanne), 6:49. Penalties – None.
Third Period – 3, Anaheim, Palmieri 3 (Selanne, Ryan), 4:21. 4, Anaheim, Ryan 2 (Selanne, Getzlaf), 18:26 (pp). Penalties – Fowler, Ana (holding), 14:24; Gilbert, Min (tripping), 16:40.
Shots on goal – Minnesota 6-8-13 27. Anaheim 13-9-9 31.
Goalies – Minnesota, Backstrom (28-31). Anaheim, Fasth (26-27). Referees – Brad Meier, Brad Watson. Linesmen – Mark Wheeler, Kiel Murchison.