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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Part of the Anaheim Ducks' hot first half has been a matter of winning by outplaying their opponents. On Tuesday, they found a way to win on a night they were outplayed.

Luca Sbisa's first goal of the season with three minutes remaining lifted the Ducks to their fourth consecutive win, a 2-1 triumph over the Minnesota Wild. The Ducks, outshot and dominated for much of the game, still managed a pair of third-period goals to beat the Wild for the third time in a month.

Minnesota got a first-period power-play goal by Devin Setoguchi, but could not get another shot past Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller and lost at home in regulation for just the third time this season.

"Sometimes there are games where it's like you're skating in quicksand, and that's what it seemed like we were doing in the first two periods," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "But hey, we're right there after two periods. We're only down one-nothing, and it gives you enough life to play one good period and you can win the game. And we did it."

Minnesota held the Ducks to just three shots on goal in the first period, and although Anaheim blocked 10 shots and killed 90 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play, the Wild still emerged with a 1-0 lead. Setoguchi, who was scrutinized early in the season for his lack of offense, recorded his 11th point in 15 games when he snapped a shot past Hiller after a pass from Matt Cullen. The Wild went 1-for-5 on the power play for the game.

"Obviously we've got to work on our power play," said Wild coach Mike Yeo. "We looked like a power play that hasn't had any practice time and that's because we haven't had any practice time. So we've got to address that, and we will. We did some good things; we've just got to find a way to win those games."

Both teams lost a key player early in the second period when Anaheim's Corey Perry blindsided Minnesota rookie Jason Zucker into the boards. Zucker was motionless on the ice for several minutes, then was helped to the dressing room. Perry was given a five-minute major penalty for interference, and a game misconduct.

"I was committed to the hit," Perry said, describing the play. "I didn't change my path or direction. I was committed and I tried to let up. It's hard because it happened so fast. It's unfortunate. I don't go out there trying to hurt guys. That's not me as a person."

The Wild got five shots on the extended power play, but did not score.

"I thought we did a great job killing it," said Hiller, who finished with 30 saves. "That gives your team some confidence and kind of wears the other team down, to have five minutes not really getting anything done."

Despite being outshot 22-7 through 40 minutes, the Ducks still needed just one well-placed shot to tie the game, and did so early in the third period. Patrick Maroon, who was recalled from the Ducks' minor league team in Norfolk on Monday, took advantage of a bounce off the end boards and slid the puck behind Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom. It was the second goal of the season for Maroon, who fought Minnesota's Zenon Konopka in the first period.

Torrey Mitchell appeared to give the Wild a lead less than three minutes into the game, when his backhand shot got past Hiller and bounced on, but not completely over, the goal line. The team and fans celebrated, before officials reviewed the video and said no goal.

"I just turned and looked and no one was playing anymore, so I figured it went in," said Mitchell. "I thought because no one was moving that it was a good goal."

The Ducks play next in Dallas on Thursday. For the Wild, who host Colorado on Thursday, Backstrom had 19 saves.

NOTES: After he was a healthy scratch in Minnesota's previous two games, the Wild sent rookie forward Mikael Granlund down to their minor league team in Houston on Tuesday. Granlund, who was Minnesota's first-round pick (ninth overall) in the 2010 draft, had one goal in 19 games for the Wild this season. ... Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth suffered an upper-body injury during the team's morning skate and was unavailable to play on Tuesday. Jonas Hiller started in his place while the team recalled Jeff Deslauriers from their ECHL affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind. With Deslauriers' time of arrival in St. Paul in some doubt, the Ducks quickly signed Zach Sikich, a Minnesota native who last played pro hockey in 2007, for warm-ups and to be an emergency backup. Deslauriers arrived less than three minutes into the game. ... The Wild traded tough guy Matt Kassian to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, for a 2014 sixth-round pick. Kassian skated in 24 games for the Wild last season, collecting two goals and 55 penalty minutes. He had spent all of this season in Houston.
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