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
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