Palmieri, Fasth lead Ducks past Minnesota

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 2, 2013 at 12:31 am •  Published: February 2, 2013
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Forget the cake and candles. Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan got Kyle Palmieri what he really wanted on his 22nd birthday.

Two goals, tons of scoring chances and the promise of many more on their potent line for the surging Anaheim Ducks.

Palmieri's second goal broke a tie early in the third period, and Ryan's power-play goal with 1:34 left sealed the Ducks' 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

Selanne had three assists, and Ryan added two more in the Ducks' fourth win in six games to start the season. Palmieri produced his second multigoal performance in his 34th career NHL game, and the promising youngster is grateful for the chance to skate with two proven NHL scorers.

"I just have to keep working hard with these guys, and all of these opportunities will come," Palmieri said. "I've just got to keep working hard. Me and Bobby had basically tap-in (goals), and they were all caused by Teemu's passing. That vision he has definitely doesn't stop with goal-scoring."

Anaheim went ahead 4:21 into the third period on a slick setup by Palmieri's veteran linemates. After Ryan won a faceoff, Selanne threaded a beautiful pass between two defenders who got caught moving the wrong way to stop a one-timer by Palmieri.

Viktor Fasth made 26 saves for Anaheim, including several tough stops in the waning minutes after giving up a soft early goal in his second career victory. The Ducks still couldn't get comfortable until Selanne backhanded a pass across the crease to Ryan for his second goal of the season with 1:34 to play.

"Teemu and the guys all wanted the ketchup bottle to open," said Ryan, the longtime right wing who gets fired up by the chance to play center. "It felt good and meant a lot to the team. ... Palms adds a different dynamic, and it helps our line. He gets to some difficult pucks, and we get rewarded because of it."

With his first three-assist game since Feb. 11, 2011, the 42-year-old Selanne tied Doug Gilmour for 17th place on the NHL's career scoring list with 1,414 points.

Niklas Backstrom stopped 28 shots for the Wild, who are winless in three road games this season. Defenseman Marco Scandella scored Minnesota's only goal in the first period, and the Wild's top line was largely ineffective against Anaheim's defense.

"They didn't give us a lot of room through the neutral zone, and a lot of it was our fault," leading scorer Zach Parise said. "We didn't make good plays and didn't put each other in good positions for the next guy to make a play. So we kind of played right into their hands and allowed their D to stay up. We were in our own zone all night and didn't do a good job of breaking out."



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