NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Minnesota
(Sunday, December 31st)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Anaheim 3
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Mark Parrish scored the game-winning goal late in the third period to lift the Minnesota Wild over the Anaheim Ducks, 4-3, in a New Year's Eve battle at Xcel Energy Center.
"I was just trying to get it on net," Parrish said. "You never know what happens. I had a lot better chances than that tonight. It's funny how those go in and the point-blank ones don't."
Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored a pair of goals for the Wild, who have split their last six games. Brian Rolston had a goal and an assist, and Kurtis Foster added a pair of assists. Manny Fernandez blocked 27-of-30 shots.
Teemu Selanne posted two goals and an assist for the Ducks, who have lost three of four. Scott Niedermayer contributed a goal and two assists.
Michael Wall stopped 25 shots for the Ducks. Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the team's normal starter, missed the game after suffering a groin strain Tuesday in a 4-3 victory at San Jose. Giguere left in the second period of that game and is day-to-day. Regular backup Ilya Bryzgalov has also been sidelined nearly a month, leaving Wall as the team's emergency starter.
"We gave up two 5-on-3's," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "That's unacceptable. You can't expect your penalty killers and goaltender to defend 5-on-3's consistently."
To add to the Ducks' injury woes, defenseman Chris Prongor left with a broken foot after trying to defend a Parrish shot in the first period.
With the game deadlocked at three, Parrish scored on a backhander from the left circle with 4:18 left in the third to win the game.
Selanne tipped in a missed shot by Niedermayer 7:35 into the first to put Anaheim ahead, 1-0.
However, the Wild took advantage of the power play to score two quick goals for the lead.
Bouchard tallied on a wrister 11:15 into the second, and Rolston fired a slap shot between the pads of Wall just 32 seconds later.
Minnesota started to pull away with 4:51 remaining in the second when Bouchard wristed in a rebound on the glove side for a 3-1 lead.
Anaheim responded with a hard-fought goal when Niedermayer netted a power- play marker on the glove side just under the netminder's outstretched arm.
The Ducks tied the score, 3-3, with 16:34 remaining, as Selanne scored on a slap shot from the left circle that dipped just under the crossbar.
The Wild finished 3-for-10 on the power play, while the Ducks went 2-for-7.
The Ducks and the Wild played for the fourth time this season. Minnesota has taken six of the last nine encounters overall...Selanne has five points in his last two games (four goals, one assist).
12/31 22:20:31 ET