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Previous Game: Perreault Gives Ducks a Thrilling 4-3 Overtime Victory

Saturday, 10.05.2013 / 11:06 PM / News
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Previous Game: Perreault Gives Ducks a Thrilling 4-3 Overtime Victory
In a back-and-forth overtime session, it was Mathieu Perreault who snuck one past netminder Niklas Backstrom to give Anaheim a thrilling 4-3 victory in front of a packed house at the Xcel Energy Center.\r\n
In a back-and-forth overtime session, it was Mathieu Perreault who snuck one past netminder Niklas Backstrom with 4.9 seconds remaining to give Anaheim a thrilling 4-3 victory in front of a packed house at the Xcel Energy Center.

After he nearly won it on the previous rush, Perreault raced back up the ice and received a beautiful pass from Francois Beauchemin. Perreault then swiftly snuck a backhander through the five hole, giving him his second point of the night. It might've been an entirely different outcome if it wasn't for the persistent backcheck of defenseman Cam Fowler, who raced back to erase a Minnesota 2-on-1. It was his defensive stop that allowed the Ducks to churn up the ice and win the game.

Anaheim got off to fast starts in the first and second periods, scoring within 100 seconds of the opening faceoff each time. Jakob Silfverberg's goal 1:19 into the second period gave the Ducks a 3-1 lead.

But the Wild made it 3-2 at 8:28 when Jason Pominville's power-play blast from the left point deflected off Ducks defenseman Fowler's stick and past Jonas Hiller. Zach Parise forced overtime when he scored his second of the game 1:15 into the third period.

The Wild had several quality chances in the closing minutes of regulation but could not get the puck past Jonas Hiller, who made 30 saves.

The Ducks have split their first two games, both on the road, and conclude a three-game trip Sunday night against the Winnipeg Jets. Teemu Selanne, who sat out Saturday, is scheduled to play against his former team.

Anaheim, coming off a 6-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, wasted no time grabbing an early advantage. Saku Koivu's tip-in of a Beauchemin shot gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead just 1:40 into the game, and Nick Bonino poked in a power-play goal at 5:43 to make it 2-0.

Minnesota took advantage of its first power play as Mikko Koivu set up Parise with a brilliant pass from behind the net to the left circle at 11:52 to make it 2-1. But Silfverberg's snap shot from the right hash mark beat Backstrom to restore the Ducks' two-goal lead.

Parise tied it when he took a chip pass from defenseman Keith Ballard in front of Hiller and pushed the puck into the net for the 30th multi-goal game of his career and fifth with Minnesota.

Wild forward Charlie Coyle left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Watch Perreault's ovetime-winning goal:

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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