Latendresse lifts Wild past Ducks in shootout

ST. PAUL (AP) Guillame

Latendresse scored the winning goal in the shootout to give the

Minnesota Wild a 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

Latendresse fired a shot through the

legs of Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller in the fourth round of the shootout

to give the Wild another come-from-behind win and points in six

straight games.

Mikko Koivu and Antti Miettinen scored two goals apiece in regulation for Minnesota, and Miettinen also scored in the shootout.

Joffrey Lupul had two goals in his

return to the lineup for the Ducks and then scored in the third round

of the shootout. Bobby Ryan also scored twice for Anaheim.

The Ducks were playing without Teemu

Selanne, who broke his left hand in Thursday’s loss at Dallas. Selanne

underwent surgery on Friday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

The resilient Wild just keep coming back from early deficits.

Minnesota allowed the first goal for

the seventh time in its last eight games. The Wild trailed 2-0 against

the Ducks and twice came back from two-goal deficits.

Koivu and Miettinen each scored in

the final 5 minutes of regulation with Miettinen’s second goal of the

game coming with just 1:41 remaining in the third.

A night after watching a third-period

lead slip away on a pair of fluky goals, Anaheim was the opportunistic

team early against the Wild, leading 2-1 after two periods despite

being outshot 20-9.

But the Ducks witnessed another

third-period lead fall. Miettinen scored just over a minute into the

third, before Lupul and Ryan gave Anaheim a 4-2 lead.

Lupul had missed seven games with

back spasms. The winger opened the scoring just over 6 minutes into the

first as he fired a shot over Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom’s left

shoulder. Play continued as the goal was waved off, but Lupul earned

credit for his seventh of the season after a review showed the shot

ricochet off the back pipe and back out to the faceoff circle.

NOTES: The Wild’s four-game winning

streak is its longest since October 2008. … A day after his

franchise-record 19-game point streak was snapped, RW Corey Perry was

back at it with an assist on Lupul’s first goal. Perry has 16 points in

17 career games against the Wild, including two goals and two assists

in the three contests this season. … Ducks D Scott Niedermayer went

down awkwardly after being hit by a shot in the second period, but he

later returned. … The Ducks have killed off 24 of their last 26

penalties. They’ve also scored a power-play goal in five of their last

six games.