NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Minnesota
(Saturday, January 17th)
Final Score: Anaheim 3, Minnesota 0
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Jonas Hiller stopped all 30 shots he saw for his fourth shutout of the year as the Anaheim Ducks downed the Minnesota Wild, 3-0, at Xcel Energy Center.
Corey Perry scored twice while Bobby Ryan had a goal for the Ducks, who snapped a two-game skid.
"Every two points that are available you have to get," said Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle. "It's like a playoff atmosphere anymore."
Niklas Backstrom made 31 saves in the loss for the Wild, who had won two straight coming into the game.
"We were playing pretty tight tonight and it showed," said Minnesota forward Mikko Koivu. "It was tough to get anything going."
After a scoreless first period, the Ducks got on the board courtesy of the power play in the second. With Marek Zidlicky in the box for hooking, a bouncing puck came to the low left side where Andrew Ebbett passed it across the ice to Perry, who whacked it in for a 1-0 lead at the 8:13 mark.
Perry's goal from down low with 23.7 seconds to play accounted for the final score.
Anaheim padded its lead at the 6:04 mark of the third when Steve Montador blasted a heavy shot on net from the right point that Backstrom stopped, but he couldn't control the rebound and Ryan knocked it in.
Hiller turned aside all 12 shots he saw in the final stanza to post the shutout.
Backstrom made seven saves in the first period while Hiller stopped eight to keep the game scoreless after 20 minutes.
The Ducks continue their five-game road trip in New York against the Rangers on Tuesday...The Wild play in Chicago on Monday...Anaheim has won three of the last four against Minnesota...Anaheim scored on its only power play chance while Minnesota failed on all four of its opportunities.
01/18 00:01:56 ET