NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Minnesota
(Sunday, October 16th)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Anaheim 1
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Manny Fernandez stopped 28 of 29 shots and came just seconds away from a shutout, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 4-1, at the Xcel Energy Center.
Filip Kuba scored the game-winning goal for the Wild, who had lost three-of- four heading into the contest. Marc Chouinard and Todd White each had three assists in the victory.
Brian Rolston, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Kyle Wanvig also scored for Minnesota.
"It was good to get the win," said Chouinard, "especially after the game against Vancouver (a 5-3 loss on Friday). "The guys played tight, and Manny made some key saves."
Anaheim starting goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed four goals on just 19 shots before being pulled in the third period in favor of Ilja Bryzgalov, who stopped all three of the shots he faced.
Bruno St. Jacques had the lone goal for Anaheim, which has dropped three of its last four games.
Minnesota went 2-for-3 on the power play in the first period to take a 2-0- lead.
Rolston got things started, putting home a White rebound over Giguere's shoulder with 14:10 remaining in the first after Corey Perry was called for charging.
Kuba put the Wild up by two goals at the 13:41 mark, hauling in a long rebound from a Chouinard one-timer in the left circle before ripping it past a diving Giguere.
Bouchard scored the lone goal of the second period with just under eight minutes remaining. Brent Burns moved deep into the zone and fed a perfect cross-ice pass from the right circle to the left slot, and Bouchard stuffed it home.
After two periods of play, the Wild possessed an 18-12 shot advantage and a 3-0 lead.
The Ducks owned most of the attack time in the third and had several high- quality scoring chances, but Fernandez denied all of their advances until the game was out of reach. In fact, Anaheim's aggressiveness worked against them early in the period as Wanvig got loose on a counterattack, broke into the zone, deked left and then brought the puck back to his forehand to beat Giguere low and right.
Fernandez appeared to have the shutout in hand, until St. Jacques' bad-angle shot from along the left boards made its way into the net with 14 seconds remaining.
This was the start of a three-game road trip for Anaheim...Ducks center Sergei Federov, who is nursing a groin injury, did not log any ice time...The Ducks went 2-1-1 against Minnesota in 2003-04
10/16 21:26:51 ET