|ANA||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||4|
|MIN||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Todd Bertuzzi scored two goals, Ryan Getzlaf had three assists, and Anaheim's streaking top line lifted the Ducks to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday.
Corey Perry scored his 26th goal of the season, and the Ducks won their season-high seventh straight game after surviving a second-period surge by the Wild. Since luring defenseman Scott Niedermayer out of semi-retirement and trading for veteran center Doug Weight, Anaheim is 12-2-2.
Chris Pronger also scored for the Ducks, who led 3-0 until Minnesota's Nick Schultz and Mikko Koivu scored 14 seconds apart in the second period. But the Bertuzzi-Getzlaf-Perry line has been unstoppable lately. Bertuzzi worked his way in the slot and, on an assist from Perry, scored midway through the third.
Getzlaf has at least one point in a career-high 13 straight games. Perry, whom Getzlaf argued should have joined him on the All-Star team, and Bertuzzi have a point in six consecutive games.
This was the first meeting in Minnesota between these teams since their bruising first-round playoff series last spring, when Anaheim started the march to the Stanley Cup. The Wild conveniently activated tough guy Derek Boogaard from injured reserve before the game, after missing him for more than a month while he dealt with a bad back.
Boogaard was in the middle of a multiplayer scrum in the corner near the end of the second period, but this was generally a wide-open game with plenty of scoring chances and graceful sequences rather than the rough stuff often produced by a Ducks-Wild matchup. Anaheim had only one penalty in the first 40 minutes.
Fans saw a highlight video of fights, goals and more fights from last year's playoffs just before faceoff. Bertuzzi scored barely four minutes in, when he swooped in on a three-on-one pass from Getzlaf and knocked the puck in while he kneed Josh Harding in the head and knocked the goalie's helmet off.
Later, a Minnesota goal was waved off when Kim Johnsson was whistled for being offside, and the place was quiet for most of the first half of the game while the home team fell behind by three.
Bertuzzi's drop pass set up Perry's successful slap shot in the second period, and the flustered Wild gave up a five-on-three goal to Pronger minutes later. Marian Gaborik was mad about an offside call that squelched a short-handed breakaway for him and Pavol Demitra, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, giving Jean-Sebastien Giguere a break after a game the previous night in Nashville, had a shaky shutout going at that point. Schultz knocked in a cross-crease pass from Gaborik, and 14 seconds later Koivu wound up from just inside the blue line. Suddenly, it was a one-goal game, and Ducks coach Randy Carlyle was calling a timeout.
With one minute left in the middle frame, Brian Rolston's slap shot clanked off the upper-left corner of the pipe and sailed away.
Notes: Koivu, who missed nearly two months because of a broken leg, scored for the first time since Nov. 13. ... Pronger, also an All-Star, has not missed a game. His status was in question after taking blocking a shot with his knee and leaving the night before.
|Todd Bertuzzi (10) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (36), Corey Perry (17)|
1 - 0 ANA
|Corey Perry (26) ASST: Todd Bertuzzi (16), Ryan Getzlaf (37)|
2 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Chris Pronger (10) ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (38), Mathieu Schneider (16)|
3 - 0 ANA
|Nick Schultz (1) ASST: Marian Gaborik (25), Pavol Demitra (18)|
3 - 1 ANA
|Mikko Koivu (6) ASST: Mark Parrish (10), Kim Johnsson (15)|
3 - 2 ANA
|Todd Bertuzzi (11) ASST: Corey Perry (18), Mathieu Schneider (17)|
4 - 2 ANA
|Kurtis Foster Holding against Kent Huskins|
|Martin Skoula Hooking against Rob Niedermayer|
|Marian Gaborik Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|James Sheppard Roughing against Ryan Carter|
|Ryan Carter Roughing against James Sheppard|
|Chris Kunitz Tripping against Eric Belanger|
|Kent Huskins Interference against Stephane Veilleux|
|Todd Fedoruk Too many men on the ice|
|SA: 27||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 25||EV: 21 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .926||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 27||TOI: 59:46|
|Saves: 23||EV: 21 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 3|
|SV%: .852||SH: 0 - 0|
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