NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Minnesota
(Wednesday, February 4th)
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Anaheim 0
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Niklas Backstrom made 34 saves to record his 15th career shutout, as the Minnesota Wild stymied the Anaheim Ducks, 3-0, at Xcel Energy Center.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Mikko Koivu both registered a goal and an assist for the Wild, who have won three of their last four games.
"(Anaheim) is not an easy team to play against," said Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire. "They're strong on the puck."
Jonas Hiller appears to have supplanted Western Conference All-Star Jean-Sebastien Giguere in the crease. The second-year Swiss native has made five consecutive starts for Anaheim and entered play Wednesday among the league leaders with a 2.17 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. Hiller turned away 22 of the 24 shots he faced in a losing effort.
Minnesota jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on the power play. Andrew Brunette, who was named the Wild's captain for February, powered his way to the net and deposited the puck behind Hiller 4:21 into the game.
"It was a play out of the corner," Hiller said of Brunette's goal. "He tried to jam it. I think I made the first save, but he just kept going. At the end, he pulled (the puck) back and lifted it over my pad."
Koivu lit the lamp at the 4:20 mark of the middle frame, and Bouchard sealed the win with an empty-net tally in the game's final minute.
Bouchard has three goals and six assists during a four-game point streak...Anaheim's Randy Carlyle coached his 300th career regular season game...Minnesota finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Ducks were 0- for-5...Anaheim had a modest two-game win streak snapped.
02/05 01:32:38 ET