NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Minnesota
(Friday, December 4th)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Anaheim 4 (SO)
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Guillaume Latendresse notched the winner in the final round of the shootout, as Minnesota rallied past Anaheim, 5-4, at Xcel Energy Center.
Latendresse put the Wild ahead with a quick snapshot to open the fourth round, then the Ducks' Saku Koivu appeared to trip when trying to release his shot and missed wide to end the contest.
Mikko Koivu and Antti Miettinen each posted two goals and one assist for the Wild, who recorded their fourth consecutive win.
Niklas Backstrom got the win despite allowing four goals on 22 shots.
"When we were struggling early, there wasn't a lot of confidence in the room. There are some things that happened tonight that we could have folded under," said Wild head coach Todd Richards. "Miettinen is one of those guys on the bench who really gets things going."
Joffrey Lupul and Bobby Ryan both tallied twice for the Ducks, who slid to their fourth straight defeat. Jonas Hiller gave up four scores on 29 shots in the loss.
Lupul gave the Ducks an early 1-0 lead with a wrister 6:21 into the contest, and Ryan's power-play score just after the midway point of regulation put Anaheim up by two.
Andrew Brunette then set up Koivu to halve Minnesota's deficit at 15:08, and Miettinen lit the lamp 1:17 into the third period for a 2-2 tie.
Lupul snapped a deadlock and gave Anaheim a 3-2 edge at the three-minute mark of the third, before Ryan put the visitors up by a pair at 9:55.
Koivu responded for a 4-3 contest with 4:55 to play, and the Wild knotted the contest on a late power play on Miettinen's rebound score with 1:41 left.
"We talked about not sitting back and taking it to them in the third," said Ducks defenseman Ryan Whitney. "We lost our focus there a little bit towards the end. We were watching, being inactive instead of proactive. Good teams win these types of games and we have to learn how to do that."
The Wild successfully killed off a penalty to Marek Zidlicky early in overtime, then failed to convert on a 19-second advantage at the end of OT.
Minnesota has won two of three meetings this season and has taken four of five overall against Anaheim...Prior to the game, the Ducks revealed that veteran forward Teemu Selanne will miss 4-to-6 weeks after having surgery to fix a broken knuckle on his left hand...Brunette had three assists for the Wild, and Ryan Getzlaf had three helpers for the Ducks.
12/04 23:36:17 ET