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                     === Palmieri leads Ducks past Wild ===
 
 Anaheim,  CA (Sports  Network) - Kyle Palmieri celebrated his 22nd birthday in
 style on Friday night.
 
 Palmieri  posted  a pair of  goals, including the  go-ahead tally early in the
 third  period, as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Minnesota Wild, 3-1, at Honda
 Center.
 
 Bobby  Ryan  recorded a goal  and two assists,  while Teemu Selanne supplied a
 trio of helpers for the Ducks, who have won two of their last three.
 
 "I  was  excited to  play  with  Bobby and  Teemu,"  Palmieri  said. "We  were
 fortunate  to get  some scoring  opportunities. This  is the  first time  I've
 scored two goals on my birthday."
 
 Rookie  goaltender  Viktor Fasth made  his second  career start and stopped 26
 shots to earn the victory.
 
 "The  guys played really good in front of me," Fasth remarked. "We played with
 discipline tonight. That's what won the game for us."
 
 Marco  Scandella  scored the  lone Minnesota goal,  while Niklas Backstrom was
 charged  with all  three goals  on 31  shots  for the  Wild, who  had won  two
 straight.
 
 Scandella  opened the scoring  near the midpoint of the first when he ripped a
 shot  from  the top of  the left circle that  slipped through the five-hole of
 Fasth,  but Palmieri  answered just under seven minutes into the second, as he
 took  a nice cross-ice feed from Ryan and buried a shot past Backstrom to knot
 the game at 1-1 at the 6:49 mark.
 
 Palmieri  then provided  the go-ahead  goal just  over four  minutes into  the
 third.  After the  Ducks won an offensive zone faceoff, Selanne wheeled around
 the  net  before finding a  cutting Palmieri, who  one-timed the puck into the
 back of the net to make it 2-1 at the 4:21 mark.
 
 A holding penalty against Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler at the 14:24 mark gave
 the Wild a late power play, but Fasth turned away all comers to keep the Ducks
 in front.
 
 Anaheim  then put the game away with a power-play tally at the 18:26 mark when
 Selanne  feathered a  backhand pass across the crease that Ryan deposited into
 the back of the net to account for the final margin.
 
 "They  did a better job than us," Minnesota forward Dany Heatley admitted. "We
 have  to do  a better job of creating  stuff. Our game plan was there, we just
 didn't execute."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 It  was  Palmieri's second career multi-goal  game ... Minnesota had won three
 straight  in Anaheim  ... Anaheim  forward  Emerson Etem  and defenseman  Sami
 Vatanen  were both recalled from the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL on Sunday and
 made  their NHL debuts. Etem finished with one shot in just over eight minutes
 of ice time, while Vatanen also recorded one shot in just under 14 minutes ...
 Minnesota finished 0-for-1 on the power play, while Anaheim went 1-for-2.
 
 
 02/02 01:06:47 ET