Ducks RPG Line Dominates Minnesota Wild

The Ducks got back to their winning ways when they defeated the Minnesota Wild by a score of 3-2. They snapped a 2 game losing streak, in which both games were rough losses. The Ducks RPG line was in top notch form, scoring all 3 goals and cumulating 5 points. Teemu Selanne also added helpers on each goal.

Game Recap:

First Period: Midway through the period, Darroll Powe was called for holding. 53 seconds into the PP, Getzlaf sent a smooth pass to Perry who tapped it in (ANA-1, MIN-0). Toni Lydman took an interference penalty, which the Ducks seemed to kill it off with ease.

Second Period: The second period started off much like the first, some back and forth play with few shots on goal. Heatley made a bad turnover which led to a Ducks 2-on-1 rush, but could not convert. However, they could not clear and the Lydman took a shot from the point. Selanne pried the puck out of Backstrom’s glove, Ryan came flying in to slam the rebound into the net (ANA-2, MIN-0). The Ducks continued with their bad penalty taking, when Bobby Ryan was called for roughing. Spurgeon received a rebound from Setoguchi’s one timer and blasted one in (ANA-2, MIN-1). 

Third Period: Kyle Brodziak gets called for tripping just 3 minutes into the period. 18 seconds into the PP, Getzlaf picked up a Selanne rebound and buried one in the wide open net (ANA-3, MIN-1). The Wild put up few shots in attempt to start a come back. With 6 minutes remaining, Matt Cullen scored a tip-in (ANA-3, MIN-2).

Stats:

  • The Wild have given up 10 goals to Perry and Ryan over the past four seasons
  • The Ducks entered the game 25th in the league on the power play
  • Getzlaf has scored 4 goals in the last 3 games
  • Jonas Hiller stopped 23/25 shots, Niklas Backstrom stopped 13/16 shots
  • Francois Beauchemin led all blue liners in ice-time with 25:37
  • Corey Perry led all forwards in ice-time with 20:58
The Ducks looked great tonight. Their top line was on fire and showed up when needed. Their powerplay improved and they made less sloppy plays.
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