ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Brian Rolston, Marian Gaborik and Mikko Koivu scored less than two minutes apart in the second period, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-1 Wednesday night in the first game for both teams following the All-Star break.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard and James Sheppard also scored for Minnesota, which won its third time in four games and sixth in nine.
|Ryan Getzlaf (15) checks Wild defenseman Nick Schultz (55) hard into the boards. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)|
Anaheim, which got another shaky performance from goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, lost its fourth straight after a six-game winning streak. The Ducks, whose lone goal came from Corey Perry, have scored five goals during the skid.
Giguere, who dominated the Wild in playoff series in 2003 and 2007, had a rare Minnesota meltdown early in the second period while the Ducks defense collapsed.
Giguere ducked on a slap shot from Rolston, who found the top corner of the net 82 seconds into the period. It was Rolston's fourth goal in four games.
Gaborik then held the puck on a slow-developing 2-on-1 with Pavol Demitra, baiting the defense before beating Giguere high on the glove side with a wrist shot. It was the All-Star's first goal in six games.
Then a one-timer by Koivu from the slot, after a feed from Demitra, eluded Giguere and prompted coach Randy Carlyle to summon Jonas Hiller - who beat the Wild 4-2 in Minnesota on Jan. 18.
Giguere slammed his stick against the post and chucked his blocker into the bench as he angrily left the ice. It was the second straight game the Ducks pulled Giguere before the midpoint.
|Todd Bertuzzi (4) shoots wide of the net against Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom (32) in the first period. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)|
He stopped eight of 11 shots in this one, after allowing three goals on 18 shots in 29 minutes last Thursday in a 3-1 loss in Los Angeles. Giguere is 0-4 with an .863 save percentage and 4.77 goals against average in his last four appearances.
This marked the start of an eight-game, 15-day road trip for the Ducks, who added last season's leading scorer, Teemu Selanne, to the team on Monday. The Finnish Flash, who scored 48 goals last season, has skated with the team for three days. He didn't dress for the game.
Defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim lost for the 21st time in regulation, one more than last season.
Perry took a backhand feed from Chris Kunitz and beat Niklas Backstrom midway through the second period for Anaheim's lone goal.
Bouchard beat Hiller on a breakaway with 4.5 seconds left in the middle period, and Sheppard finished the scoring with 43.8 seconds remaining in the third.
Notes: This was the only time in four meetings this season that the home team won. ... Anaheim's road swing is the longest continuous trip in team history. ... Minnesota is 23-2-2 when scoring at least three goals. ... RW Mark Parrish returned to the Wild lineup after missing two games with a bruised foot. ... Backstrom is 36-3-3 when leading at any point of a game and 26-0 when ahead after two periods.
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