NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Anaheim
(Wednesday, October 14th)
Final Score: Anaheim 3, Minnesota 2
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Corey Perry scored twice and Jonas Hiller stopped 32 shots in Anaheim's 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
Ryan Carter also scored for the Ducks, who have won three of four since a two- game skid to open the season.
"We can be quite proud with the way we played tonight, especially coming back from the road," said Hiller. "It's never easy. Everybody showed, especially in the first period, that we were ready. We didn't back off too much in the third. We controlled the game most of the time. That is the way we have to play."
Eric Belanger and Andrew Brunette had the goals for the Wild, who have lost four of five games to begin the season. Niklas Backstrom made 32 saves.
Perry's first goal came just 1:41 into the game. Minnesota was slow on a line change and Perry took advantage, grabbing the puck near the offensive blue line and skating in on Backstrom before scoring on the backhand.
"On a situation like that, when it's a 50-50 puck, it's selfish when you're coming off the ice," said Wild coach Todd Richards. "What you're doing is putting your teammates in a tough position. It was a bad decision and it ended up in our net...not a good way to start the game."
Nearly eight minutes later, Perry was at it again, flipping the disc over a fallen Backstrom from the right side of the net. Bobby Ryan sent a pass from the left corner to Perry, who expertly held the puck for a couple of seconds to get Backstrom to commit low before scoring.
Carter put in a rebound at 15:11 of the second period, but Belanger scored less than 1 1/2 minutes later with a shot from the slot that went over the glove of Hiller.
Brunette scored with 9.1 seconds left in regulation off a cross-crease pass from Kyle Brodziak, but despite winning the ensuing center ice faceoff, Minnesota was unable to get a shot on net at the end.
Before this game, the Ducks failed to score in the first period this season...This was the start of a six-game homestand for the Ducks...Minnesota had won the previous three matchups...This marked the third contest of a five- game road trip for Minnesota with games upcoming against Edmonton and Vancouver. The Wild are 0-3 on the trip. Minnesota's current 11-day road trip is its longest of the season...Both teams went 0-for-4 on the power play.
10/15 02:20:49 ET