Ducks 2, Wild 1

Jess Myers, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Luca Sbisa's first goal of the season with three minutes remaining lifted the Anaheim Ducks to their fourth consecutive win, a 2-1 triumph over the Minnesota Wild.
The Ducks, outshot and outplayed 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.
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 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.
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. The Wild got five shots on the extended power play, but did not score.
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.
Hiller finished with 30 saves for the Ducks, who play next in Dallas on Thursday. For the Wild, Backstrom had 19 saves. Minnesota hosts Colorado on Thursday.
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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