NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Anaheim
(Sunday, March 8th)
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Anaheim 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Stephane Veilleux scored twice and Niklas Backstrom made 35 saves, as the Minnesota Wild edged the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2, at Honda Center.
Andrew Brunette also tallied for the Wild, who concluded a six-game road trip with a 2-4-0 record.
"We scored enough goals and played well enough defensively," said Wild coach Jacques Lemaire. "We didn't give them too much. They are always dangerous on the power play. They've got great shooters and playmakers. We didn't take too many penalties, which was an advantage, I think for us."
Todd Marchant netted a short-handed goal for the Ducks, who have lost four of their last five games. Jonas Hiller stopped 22-of-25 shots in defeat.
"For whatever reason, we did not seem to have the ability to stay with the structure," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "We got out-battled on a lot of pucks, specifically in the front of the net. We had some chances, but we didn't get any second or third chances. We were one and out in that area. We had far too many turnovers into the middle of the ice."
Minnesota grabbed an early lead when Veilleux buried the rebound of Nick Schultz's sharp angle shot 68 seconds into the contest.
Anaheim evened things up on Marchant's goal. Backstrom went behind his cage to play a dump-in, settling the puck down for defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron, who didn't spot Marchant on the forecheck. Marchant stole and deposited the puck into the open net before Backstrom could recover at the 5:10 mark of the second period.
The visitors forged ahead late in the middle stanza. Owen Nolan hit Veilleux in full stride with a perfect pass and the Quebec native ripped a slap shot over the glove of Hiller with 3:22 remaining.
Brunette hammered a quick feed from James Sheppard to make it 3-1 with 8:11 to play in the third period.
Scott Niedermayer lit the lamp in the final minute for Anaheim.
Minnesota has won six of nine and seven of the last 11 meetings...Marchant registered his 25th career short-handed goal...The Wild finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while Anaheim was 0-for-3.
03/09 00:00:36 ET