"We suck defensively. We don’t talk, no communication. That killed our team tonight."
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Anaheim scored all three of its 5-on-5 goals with Minnesota’s third line on the ice. Defenseman Cam Fowler found the net from the point while Rickard Rakell’s deflection of blue-liner Hampus Lindholm’s shot gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead late in the first period.
Mike Santorelli provided insurance at Fontaine’s expense with 8:58 expired in the third period. Santorelli beat the Wild forward to a loose puck in front following a shot from Shawn Horcoff as Anaheim claimed a 3-1 advantage.
Minnesota, which wrapped up a 1-1-1 road trip, will have a chance to exact a measure of revenge versus the Ducks when the teams meet in St. Paul on Saturday.