What's buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

Ducks edge Wild, off to franchise best start

The SportsXchange

ANAHEIM -- Not that one of the best teams in the NHL needed a wake-up call to begin with, but it's safe to say the Anaheim Ducks didn't take too well to their beat down at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings to start the week.

Because since then the Ducks have been on another tear.

And that was bad news for the Minnesota Wild, who couldn't overcome the Ducks furious start in a 3-2 Anaheim victory in front of an announced crowd of 15,264 at The Honda Center.

The Wild made it interesting in the third period after falling behind 3-0, getting two goals to make it a one-goal game, and had a chance to tie it up when the Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin was called for tripping with 3:17 remaining to put the Wild on the power play.

That man advantage grew to two when Minnesota pulled its goalie, but the Ducks killed off the power play off then survived a frantic final minute to close out the victory.

In the process, the Ducks eclipsed their 2006-07 team for the best start in franchise history at 15-3-1 and 31 points.

"We did?" Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf asked, facetiously.

They did.

"No, it's good," Getzlaf continued. "We felt pretty good coming into this season -- obviously nobody expected us to do what we did -- but guys are doing the right thing and on night's like tonight when we probably didn't have our best thing all night we got the goaltending to win."

Maybe the Kings' Monday victory was a catalyst, maybe not. Anaheim was playing extremely well before the loss, so it's not like a rock-bottom moment was needed.

But considering how the Ducks hammered the Nashville Predators 5-1 Wednesday, then beat the Wild 48 hours later, the loss to the Ducks' Southern California rivals got their attention.

It also helped the Ducks have been sensational at home, winning eight straight and eight out of nine.

"I think obviously you go out every year trying to win every single game," said left-winger Matt Beleskey. "We've got a team in which everyone's contributing and guys are coming together and we're showing that."

That didn't change Friday as Anaheim struck first when Getzlaf skated free the length of the ice, gathered in a pass from Corey Perry in front of the Minnesota net and fired a shot past Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper to put the Ducks up 1-0 4:45 into the game. It was Getzlaf's seventh goal and a team-leading 22nd point.

The Ducks were just getting started, as Teemu Selanne scored on an assist from Luca Sbisa with 8:59 remaining in the period to out the Wild in a 2-0 hole.

"I didn't think our first period was very good," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. "We have to start better against good teams, that's one thing. We were sort of in between on some plays and not as aggressive or assertive as we needed to be."

The Ducks added another goal in the second period when Matt Beleskey found the net on assists by Daniel Winnik and Andrew Cogliano to make it 3-0.

Minnesota scored 29 seconds into the third period when Kyle Brodziak beat Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, who was screened out in front of the net, to make it 3-1.

Devin Setoguchi made it 3-2 9:23 into the third on assists from Mike Rupp and Ryan Suter.

"And we had chances to get the third one," Yeo said.

But on a night when the Ducks registered their best start in franchise history, it wasn't enough.

Not that they are getting carried away with the accomplishment.

"I think as players we're not really looking at that," Beleskey said. "The season's too short. You lose five games in a row and guys are right behind you. We're just taking one night at a time and trying to win as many games as possible."

NOTES: The Ducks have won an NHL-best eight straight at Honda Center and at 8-1-0 the Ducks are off to their best home start in franchise history. ... The Ducks finished February with an 11-2-0 record to match the franchise record for most wins in a single month. ... The Wild like to keep things close, as 13 of their first 20 games have been decided by one goal, including eight of the last 10. ... The Wild wrapped up the fourth of nine sets of back-to-back games this season, and while they were 4-0 in the first leg and 0-4 in the second leg.
Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
View Comments (3)

Recommended for You

  • WARNING: Graphic photos of Giancarlo Stanton's face

    WARNING: Graphic photos of Giancarlo Stanton's face   Giancarlo Stanton showed his face Tuesday, and it looked a lot better than it did Thursday after an errant pitch struck him there. Even though the"before" photo is pretty disturbing, the "after" pic

    Big League Stew
    Wed, Sep 17
    4:10 PM PDT
    Miami at NY Mets
    Preview Game
  • Lexi Thompson's newest photo shoot will catch your attention

    Lexi Thompson first entered the public consciousness at 12 years old when she qualified for the U.S. Now at 19, Thompson has set LPGA records as their youngest champion (since eclipsed by Lydia Ko) and won a major championship. Thompson dons a bikini in what would probably be considered in golf…

    Devil Ball Golf
  • UFC Fight Night 52 complete fighter breakdown, Roy 'Big Country' Nelson edition

    UFC Fight Night 52 complete fighter breakdown, Roy 'Big Country' Nelson edition MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 52 headliner Roy Nelson, who looks to out-brawl Mark Hunt this Saturday night (Sept. 20, 2014) at…

    SB Nation
  • WWE vs. NFL: The Monday night war that isn't

    Last night's episode of Monday Night RAW played out like a game of RISK. There is no such thing as competition with the NFL because, well, when you have just 16 games per year, not including playoffs, each one of them is a big deal. Especially on Monday night, when most pigskin patrons don't have…

    SB Nation
  • RG3 forced to turn religious T-shirt inside out, Christians get mad at gays.

    Robert Griffin III's T-shirt was a violation of NFL rules. It also told non-Christians that they have no peace in their lives. Robert Griffin III, the now-former Washington quarterback, was about to wear a Christian T-shirt at a post-game press conference until the NFL said...ummmm, no. RG3's shirt…

    SB Nation
  • View

    'Hawaii Five-0' Season 5 Premiere Screening (19 photos)

    'Hawaii Five-0' Season 5 Premiere ScreeningThousands of Oahu residents and visitors flocked Queen's Surf Beach in Waikiki Saturday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Honolulu. They gathered in Waikiki to watch the season five premiere of "Hawaii Five-0." Grace Park

    Yahoo TV
  • Ronda Rousey rips Cris Cyborg: ‘The best she has isn’t good enough, even on drugs’

    Ronda Rousey has strong words for Cris Cyborg. The UFC bantamweight champion spoke to the Brazilian media on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and attacked the Invicta FC’s featherweight champion. According to Rousey, Cyborg, who is expected to make her 135-pound debut later this year, asked to be…

    SB Nation
  • CBS: Rihanna out of NFL telecast

    CBS and Rihanna are splitting up, more fallout from the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and the turmoil it has caused for the NFL. The network said Tuesday it was permanently editing a song featuring Rihanna's voice out of its Thursday night NFL telecasts — after the singer issued a profane…

    Associated Press
  • Vikings message board shuts down, disgusted by both team and fans

    VikingsMessageBoard.com, a longtime board devoted to discussion of the Minnesota Vikings, has shut down forever because of its owners' disgust with the burgeoning Adrian Peterson scandal. Sure, there's Peterson himself, indicted on charges of child abuse. Vikings Message Board has been shut down…

    Shutdown Corner
    Sun, Sep 14
    New England30 - 7Minnesota
    Game Recap
  • Phil Simms deconstructed: Why Broncos fans want him banned

    Do Denver Broncos fans have merit in petitioning to ban Phil Simms from Broncos broadcasts? Let's break down some of Phill Simms' questionable commentary from Denver's 24-17 win over the Chiefs, in chronological order. The most egregious comment from CBS color commentator Phil Simms Sunday came…

    SB Nation
    Sun, Sep 14
    Kansas City17 - 24Denver
    Game Recap
  • Week 3 Ranks: Defense/Special Teams

    Week 3 Ranks: Defense/Special Teams More Week 3 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DST The following list comprises the top 20 team defense/special team rankings for Week 1 of each Yahoo! Sports fantasy expert. The list is ordered by the overall top 20

    Yahoo Sports
  • French Tennis Player Hits A Ridiculous Between-The-Legs Shot During Davis Cup Match

    Gael Monfils has a well-earned reputation as one of the most exciting players in tennis today and he unleashed yet another jaw-dropping shot during France's Davis Cup win over the Czech Republic. France had already clinched their semifinals match-up when Monfils took the court to face Lukas Rosol.

    Business Insider
  • Arkansas State player pretends to die during bad fake punt attempt at Miami (GIF)

    In the second quarter of the Red Wolves' loss to Miami on Saturday, Arkansas State went for a fake punt. Not only did the play not get the desired result, but Arkansas State's Booker Mays pretended to die in an attempt to fake out the defender in front of him.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Clemson players still upset about Jameis Winston 'our house' tweet

    One of the more anticipated games of the weekend is top-ranked Florida State’s home matchup against No. 23 Clemson in an ACC contest. The game is not quite as hyped up as last year’s version of the game, when the Seminoles marched into Death Valley and destroyed the Tigers 51-14.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Ray Rice drawing interest from NFL teams

    Recently waived Ravens running back has reportedly drawn interest from a few NFL teams Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole mentioned that a few NFL teams are keeping their eyes out for recently waived Ravens running back Ray Rice.  With Rice looking to appeal his indefinite suspension, he could…

    SB Nation
  • Dwight Howard has license suspended for running red lights, being dumb

    Rockets center Dwight Howard may play in Houston now, but he is still paying for his years in Orlando, getting his license suspended for failing to pay his red light tickets in Orlando. In a more lighthearted twist, Rockets center has gotten his license suspended for his failure to pay a red light…

    SB Nation
  • Floyd Mayweather: Marcos Maidana needs to move over to MMA with the rest of the dirty fighters

    Floyd Mayweather: Marcos Maidana needs to move over to MMA with the rest of the dirty fighters Marcos Maidana might want to work on his takedown defense, as he could have a long and prosperous career in mixed martial arts (MMA). That's according

    SB Nation
  • Mets caught trying to secretly change their logo

    Last night, while Mets fans were busy watching Jacob deGrom striking everybody out and the good guys dropping yet another seesaw affair against the Marlins, the Mets' media team were up to some sneaky business. Thanks to a few sharp-eyed logo experts and the power of Twitter, we have learned that…

    SB Nation