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Minnesota 3, Ducks 2 (OT)

Thursday, 10.26.2006 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Mikko Koivu scored the lone goal in a shootout to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Western Conference.

Minnesota's second shooter, Koivu skated down the slot, went left and cut back to his right before lifting a backhander past Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Manny Fernandez stopped Teemu Selanne on Anaheim's third attempt to secure the win.

Ryan Shannon and Ryan Getzlaf also missed for the Ducks, and Pavol Demitra was unsuccessful for the Wild.

It was the third shootout loss for Anaheim (7-0-3). The Wild are 5-0 in overtime and 9-1-0 overall, with the lone loss a 2-1 decision to Anaheim on Oct. 20.

Brian Rolston and Nick Schultz scored goals for Minnesota, which has won all seven home games this season, and 10 straight overall. Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz scored for Anaheim in its first loss in five games.
 
Off to the best starts in their team histories, the Wild and Ducks entered the game tied with Dallas for the top spot in the conference with 16 points. Dallas lost Friday night, falling 4-3 at home to Detroit.

With the Wild down 2-1 at the start the third period, Kunitz it at 3:53 when he knocked down a clearing attempt and fired a slap shot from the right circle through traffic and past Fernandez.

Fernandez, who entered the game with an NHL-best 1.53 goals-against average, finished with 32 saves. Giguere, fourth in GAA at 1.81, stopped 31 shots for Anaheim.

Minnesota, which has allowed 17 goals in 10 games, held the Ducks scoreless in four power-play chances. The Wild have killed off 32 straight penalties.

Rolston put Minnesota up 2-1 late in the second period with a tremendous individual effort. Finishing a penalty kill, he carried the puck into the Anaheim zone and dumped it into the right corner. Following the puck, he checked Getzlaf into the boards before heading toward the bench. As Getzlaf circled behind his net, Koivu stripped the puck from him and centered it to Rolston, who fired a low shot past Giguere.

McDonald redirected a pass from Dustin Penner past Fernandez 6:28 into the game to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead.

Minnesota tied it at 15:10 when Nick Schultz tipped a pass from Todd White behind Giguere. It was Schultz's first goal in 28 games.

Notes

Rolston has a seven-game scoring streak. ... The game was the first of three straight road games for Anaheim. The Ducks will plays Chicago on Saturday night and St. Louis on Monday night. ... Anaheim's Todd Fedoruk went to the locker room after Derek Boogaard dropped him with a punch to the face during a second-period fight. Fedoruk did not return. ... Demitra, who has scored at least 20 goals eight times in his career, has not scored in eight games and has one goal this season.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60


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