ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mathieu Perreault
scored at 4:55 of overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks a 4-3 victory over
the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.
Perreault’s game-winner came on a 2-on-1
break with Francois Beauchemin. He dumped the puck to a streaking
Beauchemin, who gave it right back to Perreault, and the center flipped
his shot past Niklas Backstrom to give the Ducks their first win of the
Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller had 30 saves while Backstrom finished with 26.
Zach Parise scored two goals for Minnesota.
Minnesota went to overtime for the
second straight game, but again failed to pick up a win after opening
the season with a shootout loss to the L.A. Kings.
While it took the Ducks nearly three
full periods to score against Colorado, they needed less than two
minutes to take a 1-0 lead against Minnesota when Saku Koivu redirected a
pass from Beauchemin past Backstrom at the 1:40 mark.
Four minutes later, Nick Bonino added a
power-play goal after picking up Corey Perry’s rebound wide open in
front of the net to make it 2-0.
Minnesota cut Anaheim’s lead to 2-1 at
11:52 when Parise scored his first goal of the season on a backhand pass
from Mikko Koivu on the power play.
The Ducks struck again quickly in the
second when Jakob Silfverberg scored his second goal of the season on a
nice pass from Perreault behind the net.
The Wild outshot Anaheim 17-8 in the
second, but still found themselves trailing by one heading into the
final period. Jason Pominville’s slap shot from just above the right
circle on the power play at 8:28 of the second made it 3-2.
Parise’s second goal tied it at three
1:15 into the third period after Keith Ballard intercepted a pass at the
blue line and found him in front of the net. Parise initially missed on
a tip, but he put back his own rebound.
Notes: The Ducks have beaten the Wild
five consecutive times. … Wild C Charlie Coyle left in the middle of
the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return. …
Anaheim has four consecutive one-goal victories in St. Paul. … Wild D
Matt Dumba, 19, made his NHL debut. … The Ducks will complete their
season-opening, three-game road trip on Sunday in Winnipeg. Minnesota
will next travel to Nashville to face the Predators on Tuesday.