ANAHEIM – The Ducks’ first win under new coach Bruce Boudreau will apparently have to wait.
Anaheim tied things up with the visiting Wild midway through the third period, but went behind again on a Nick Johnson goal and couldn’t score on a late power play in suffering a 5-3 defeat at Honda Center.
A Mikko Koivu cross checking penalty with 1:58 left in the game gave the Ducks a golden opportunity to get even, and Boudreau elected to summon goalie Jonas Hiller to the bench to set up a 6-on-4 advantage with just over a minute left. After being denied on a couple of scoring chances, the Ducks ultimately surrendered the puck, which Cal Clutterbuck attempted to chip into the open net. He missed wide, but beat defenseman Kurtis Foster to the rebound off the end boards and slipped it in for the clinching goal.
"We got away from our gameplan," said Corey Perry. "We turned the puck over and weren’t getting it in like we were in the first period. If you look at our forecheck in the first period, it pretty much created out scoring chances. All of a sudden we got away from what we wanted to do and they took it to us."
Anaheim had drawn even with 9:15 remaining when a Cam Fowler shot from the left wing circle deflected in off the skate of Wild defenseman Marco Scandella. But Minnesota went back ahead on another skate deflection, as Clutterbuck’s pass from the right wing wall kicked off Johnson’s right skate and got past Hiller.
"It was a clear cut 2-on-2," said Ducks blueliner Luca Sbisa, who was defending Johnson on the play. "Toni had his guy. He made a good play and forced him into the corner. The guy threw to the net. I tried to control the guy’s stick. He had his stick up. It went off his skate and in.
"I have to try to be maybe more inside of him. It’s a tough play. I don’t know how different I could have played that. It’s frustrating if you lose with a goal like that."
The Wild came into the game fifth in the NHL in goals allowed with just 2.19 per game, but were 25th in goal-scoring with just 2.30 per game.
The Ducks, who fell in overtime to Philadelphia in Boudreau’s debut two nights ago, have now dropped nine of the last 10 games.
Anaheim got off to a fast start in the game, jumping out to a 2-0 lead that disappeared in the second period, thanks in part to two Minnesota goals in a span of 32 seconds.
Anaheim first got on the board on a Ryan Getzlaf power play goal at 5:57, set up when Teemu Selanne sent the puck down low to Perry, who had it hit off his stick behind him and right to Getzlaf for the punch into the open net.
At 9:25, Matt Beleskey had a shot blocked off a Selanne feed, but Selanne immediately recovered the puck, sending it across the top of the crease to Saku Koivu for the tap-in.
Two Ducks penalties late in the period allowed the Wild cut the lead in half with just 3.2 seconds left, as a tired PK unit watched as Dany Heatley rocketed a slap shot from the top of the right wing circle over Hiller’s shoulder.
With the Ducks leading 2-1 deep into the second, Minnesota tied it when Matt Cullen ran down the puck and sent it into the crease, where Casey Wellman chipped it in.
Soon afterward, Pierre-Marc Bouchard took a headman pass and lifted a seemingly innocuous backhand from the right wing that flew over Hiller’s glove.
"We have to play 60 minutes," Boudreau said. "We played about 12 good minutes in the first period. We stopped playing. The second period we just stood around and watched and felt a little bit sorry for ourselves. It took some soul searching in between periods here and I thought we played a really solid third period. It was a) too little, too late and b) if you want to be successful in this league, that is how you have to play for 60 minutes."
Fowler's tying goal came after the Ducks were exasperated by a number of close calls in trying to tie it, including shots off the post by Getzlaf and Koivu in the third.
In his 800th career game as an Anaheim Duck, Teemu Selanne collected two assists (0-2=2) for his seventh multi-point game of the season (fourth multi-assist). With 646-719=1,365 points in 1,285 career NHL games, Selanne is just four points from tying Johnny Bucyk for 23rd on the NHL’s all-time scoring list. Selanne has scored 2-4=6 points in the last five games and 4-6=10 points in the last nine contests.
Ryan Getzlaf scored his sixth goal of the season and has 2-9=11 points in his last nine games.
Corey Perry has collected 5-6=11 points in his last nine contests.
Saku Koivu has earned 3-5=8 points in the last eight games.
Cam Fowler has scored 1-4=5 points in the last seven games and 3-4=7 points in the last 10.
With one assist tonight, Matt Beleskey has points in each of the last two games (0-2=2).
Jonas Hiller stopped 31-of-35 shots in his 200th NHL appearance.
Tonight’s attendance was 14,002.
3rd Period 20:00 - END OF GAME - Ducks fall 5-3.
19:49 - MINNESOTA GOAL (EMPTY NET) - CAL CLUTTERBUCK - After the Ducks lose the puck, Clutterbuck tries to chip it into the open net from the red line. He misses, but beats Foster to the rebound off the end boards and slips it into the net. Minnesota clinches it, 5-3.
19:20 - Pass from Perry goes under Selanne's stick. He had a wide open net.
18:50 - Hiller off, Ryan on. It's 6 on 4.
18:02 - MIN Penalty - Mikko Koivu, 2 min. cross checking. Koivu knocks down Beleskey with a shot to the back. Big opportunity for Anaheim.
Scoring change on the last Ducks goal. It's given to Fowler, not Beleskey.
16:31 - Last TV timeout with 3:29 left.
15:55 - Ducks get a break when a Wellman one-timer following a turnover goes wide of the net.
14:29 - MINNESOTA GOAL - NICK JOHNSON - Seconds after the Harding save, Clutterbuck charges along the right wing wall, and feeds in front to Johnson, who knocks it through with his right skate. A quick review to see if he kicked it confirms the call on the ice of a good goal. Ducks fall behind 4-3.
14:20 - Hagman tries to fire quickly with Harding drawn out of the net, but he recovers.
13:00 - Beleskey, by the way, playing on the top line with Getzlaf and Perry.
10:45 - ANAHEIM GOAL - CAM FOWLER - Ducks finally get the goal they're looking for, as Fowler knocks down a clearing attempt and fires from the left wing circle, the puck deflecting off the skate of Scandella and into the net. We're tied 3-3. Crowd is pumped. Ducks are pumped. We're all pumped. (Goal was originally credited to Beleskey, but later changed, as it was originally thought he tipped it with his stick.)
6:50 - Selanne again tries to sweep in a rebound, but doesn't get good stick on it. Koivu tries to jam away with Harding on his back, and hits the post with it. Ducks getting as close as possible without a goal.
6:33 - A Sbisa missile comes off Harding, who recovers to rob Selanne trying to sweep in the rebound.
3:20 - Getzlaf appears to have a certain goal, as he punches a loose puck toward the net, but somehow it hits the right post and comes out. Wow.
0:00 - Here we go in the third.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Beauchemin fires wide to end a bad period for the Ducks, who give up two goals in the space of 32 seconds to fall behind 3-2.
15:50 - MINNESOTA GOAL - PIERRE-MARC BOUCHARD - Just like that, Minnesota goes ahead, as Cullen passes ahead to Bouchard, who lifts a seemingly innocent backhand past the outstretched stick of Sbisa and over Hiller's glove. It's 3-2.
15:18 - MINNESOTA GOAL - CASEY WELLMAN - Bouchard flips the puck ahead to Cullen, who runs it down before throwing a pass into the crease, where Wellman taps it through. We're tied 2-2.
13:10 - Wild don't threaten on their power play either.
11:10 - ANA Penalty - Luca Sbisa, 2 min. interference. After a dump-in, Sbisa hits Wellman about a half-second late.
10:05 - Zero shots on the Ducks power play.
8:05 - MIN Penalty - Clayton Stoner, 2 min. hooking. Stoner spins Beleskey around on a chase for the puck.
6:20 - Minny firing, leading 24-10 in the shots category.
3:40 - Hiller withstands a couple off darts thrown at him, then dives onto a bouncing puck.
1:03 - Ducks kill.
0:00 - Ducks start the second on the PK off the Lydman minor.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - A solid first period ends on a rough note for the Ducks, who give up a goal on the 5-on-3 to have their lead cut to 2-1.
19:56 - MINNESOTA GOAL (POWER PLAY) - DANY HEATLEY - With the Ducks PKers running out of gas, you could almost see this coming, as Heatley takes in a Cullen pass at the top of the right wing circle and rockets a slap shot over Hiller's shoulder with 3.2 seconds left. It's 2-1 Ducks.
19:03 - ANA Penalty - Toni Lydman, 2 min. high sticking. Lydman gets Setoguchi up high to set up a 5-on-3. Uh oh.
18:30 - ANA Penalty - Bobby Ryan, 2 min. interference. Ryan knocks down Schultz away from the puck near the Minnesota blue line.
12:25 - Beleskey saves a puck from going out of the zone, then fires into Harding. Beleskey looking strong to quite strong so far tonight on that second line with the Finns.
10:28 - Away from the play, Jacques (just called up from Syracuse yesterday) drops the gloves with Staubitz, getting in a few good shots before flooring Staubitz with a nice left. Jacques seems pretty pleased about it too.
9:25 - ANAHEIM GOAL - SAKU KOIVU - Just after Beleskey is denied in front off a Selanne feed, Selanne gets the puck back, sending it across the top of the crease to Koivu for the easy tap into the open left side of the net. It's 2-0 Ducks. Beleskey with zero points in his first 19 games, and now has two in the last two.
7:20 - Hiller with a big save on Cullen, who tried to jam in a rebound from point blank.
5:57 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - RYAN GETZLAF - On the man advantage, Selanne sends the puck down low to Perry, and he loses it off his stick, between his legs to Getzlaf, who punches it into the open net. You could make a case for an intentional pass by Perry, but I really don't think so. Either way, it's 1-0 Anaheim.
5:42 - MIN Penalty - Nick Schultz, 2 min. high sticking. Schultz gets Smith-Pelly in front of the Minny net.
5:05 - Beauchemin smacks Cullen after a dump in the corner.
It's the 200th NHL game for Jonas Hiller. Let's hope he celebrates with something special.
3:05 - Macenauer with a one-timer off Harding for Anaheim's first shot.
Looks like two cute girls next to the tennis balls tonight. Granted, I'm judging it from 500 feet away.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center.
Oddly enough, both starting forward lines are made up of a 9, a 10 and a 15. Starters in bold/italics.