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Wild 4, Mighty Ducks 3, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Wild 4, Mighty Ducks 3, SO
Minnesota Wild 4, Anaheim Ducks 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Teemu Selanne's gunslinger antics in the shootout were a lot funnier to the Minnesota Wild once they had dispatched the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Randy Robitaille netted the deciding goal in the tiebreaker after his team blew a two-goal lead, Mikko Koivu scored his first NHL goal and Stephane Veilleux recorded his first of the season to lead the Wild to a 4-3 victory over the Mighty Ducks on Sunday night.

The shootout started well for the Ducks when Selanne beat Manny Fernandez to the glove side, then stuffed his stick into an imaginary holster on his left hip. But Koivu beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere high to the glove side with Minnesota's second shot, and Robitaille connected after Fernandez denied Andy McDonald and rookie Ryan Getzlaf.

Minnesota's Brian Rolston, who scored a short-handed goal in the first period, had no problem with Selanne's theatrics.

"I think it's great, even though it was against us," Rolston said. "I hope guys start throwing their gloves up in the air and shooting them out of the sky, to sell the game more. I mean, when you give back 12 percent escrow, you want to help the game grow."

Getzlaf scored consecutive goals in the second period to erase Anaheim's 3-1 deficit, and Zenon Konopka recorded his first NHL goal. Giguere, who shut out Minnesota three times in the 2003 Western Conference finals, made 18 saves. Six of Anaheim's nine losses have been by one goal.

Getzlaf got the puck from Selanne in the high slot after a turnover and beat Fernandez with a slap shot at 8:01 of the second. About 6 1/2 minutes later, Minnesota was penalized for having too many men on the ice and the Ducks capitalized on the ensuing power play.

Minnesota, the NHL's top penalty killing-team, opened the scoring with their second short-handed goal. Rolston took a two-line pass from Pascal Dupuis and went in on a breakaway.

"I knew (Petr) Sykora got caught flatfooted and I knew I had him beat, as long as the pass got through to me," Rolston said. "Pascal made a great pass to me and I had all day."

The Wild killed off eight of nine Anaheim power plays, after thwarting all eight by the Sharks the previous night. Minnesota was short-handed eight times over the first two periods and was outshot 17-4 in the second during the Ducks' three-goal rally.

"When you kill that many penalties two periods in a row, the second period felt like eight. That's why they had so many shots," said Minnesota's Wes Walz, who logged more than six minutes of ice time on the penalty kill. "It mentally wears you out and drains you. The skill guys then have then have to sit on the bench for 15-20 minutes, and it's hard to do that and then dig in when you need a goal."

Koivu, the brother of Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu, made it 2-0 at 17:35 of the first period. He made his NHL debut Saturday in Minnesota's 3-1 win at San Jose after missing five weeks with a strained left knee.

Konopka cut Minnesota's lead in half at 2:08 of the second, just eight seconds after he finished serving an interference penalty.

But Veilleux restored Minnesota's two-goal margin less than three minutes later, 14 seconds after Minnesota killed off a penalty.

"It was kind of a broken play," Walz said. "I originally was going to try to drive their defenseman wide, and he overplayed me a little bit, so I just kind of left the puck sitting there for Stephane so he could walk into it. It was nice to get him a goal."

Anaheim left wing Trevor Gillies made an inauspicious NHL debut after being called up from Portland of the AHL on Saturday because of enforcer Kip Brennan's shoulder injury. He received a hooking penalty less than 4 1/2 minutes in, then got a misconduct at 10:27 of the first period for instigating a fight with Derek Boogaard - who ended it quickly with a right uppercut to Gillies' jaw.

Notes: Los Angeles Times hockey columnist Helene Elliott, who has covered the NHL in Southern California since 1994-95, will receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Toronto. ... Gillies, who totaled 780 penalty minutes in 156 career AHL games, received 21 penalty minutes. ... Getzlaf was picked No. 19 in the 2003 draft. ... Anaheim outshot Minnesota 42-21. ... Selanne's two assists gave him 18 points in Anaheim's first 16 games.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:12
MIN
SHG - Brian Rolston (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Pascal Dupuis (4), Filip Kuba (4)
1 - 0 MIN
17:35
MIN
Mikko Koivu (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (9), Kyle Wanvig (4)
2 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
02:08
ANA
Zenon Konopka (1) Slapshot - ASST: Samuel Pahlsson (5), Jason Marshall (2)
2 - 1 MIN
05:04
MIN
Stephane Veilleux (1) Slapshot - ASST: Wes Walz (2)
3 - 1 MIN
08:01
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf (2) Slapshot - ASST: Teemu Selanne (8), Chris Kunitz (2)
3 - 2 MIN
15:08
ANA
PPG - Ryan Getzlaf (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Teemu Selanne (9), Scott Niedermayer (8)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDMINANATOTAL
1B. Rolston
T. Selanne
0 - 1
2M. Koivu
A. McDonald
1 - 1
3R. Robitaille
R. Getzlaf
2 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
01:39
MIN
Willie Mitchell  Roughing
04:16
ANA
Trevor Gillies  Hooking
07:49
MIN
Manny Fernandez  Tripping
10:27
ANA
Trevor Gillies  Instigator
10:27
ANA
Trevor Gillies  Fighting (maj)
10:27
ANA
Trevor Gillies  Misconduct (10 min)
10:27
MIN
Derek Boogaard  Fighting (maj)
11:57
MIN
Pascal Dupuis  Hooking
15:00
MIN
Kyle Wanvig  Tripping
20:00
ANA
Zenon Konopka  Interference
2nd Period
02:50
MIN
Nick Schultz  Interference
09:06
ANA
Trevor Gillies  Boarding
09:06
MIN
Derek Boogaard  Hooking
10:20
ANA
Samuel Pahlsson  Cross checking
10:59
MIN
Filip Kuba  Slashing
14:31
MIN
Kyle Wanvig  Too many men/ice - bench
19:33
MIN
Willie Mitchell  Hooking
3rd Period
17:05
MIN
Nick Schultz  Hooking
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Manny Fernandez
Manny Fernandez
SA: 42TOI: 64:40
Saves: 39EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 2PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .929SH: 1 - 1
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 21TOI: 64:39
Saves: 18EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 1

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