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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Minnesota coach Mike Yeo praised his goaltending, but couldn't say the same about everybody in uniform.

"They played the type of game that we want to play, and they executed a lot better than us," Yeo said. "We were in a position to steal a game because of Backstrom. He played great, but you don't win games when you don't have everybody, and we didn't have everybody tonight. I don't care who we're playing against. You've got to execute. If you have one guy doing it and the next guy's not, then it's not going to work."

With Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau apparently saving Jonas Hiller for Saturday's Freeway Faceoff against the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, Fasth got his second NHL start and remained unbeaten — but the Swedish backup made trouble for himself midway through the first period.

Shortly after a lively Anaheim power play ended without a score, the Wild received a gift goal when Fasth couldn't close his pads on a long, innocuous shot by Scandella, who got his first goal of the season.

"I'm supposed to have that one," Fasth said. "The guys played really well in front of me, and it felt good to be able to make some good saves in the third period."

Early in the second period, Selanne collected Parise's turnover at mid-ice and got it ahead to Ryan, who made a deceptive cross-ice pass to set up Palmieri's tying goal.

Sami Vatanen, a 21-year-old puck-moving defenseman, made his NHL debut for the Ducks on the same night Emerson Etem debuted at Honda Center. Etem, a forward from nearby Long Beach, Calif., and the highest-drafted Southern California product in Ducks history, made his NHL debut Tuesday in San Jose.

NOTES: Anaheim D Toni Lydman was scratched in favor of Vatanen, his fellow Finn. The Ducks are trying to limit the grind of back-to-back games on the 35-year-old Lydman. ... The Koivu brothers met in an NHL game for the 14th time, with Saku improving to 7-3-4 against younger brother Mikko, the Wild captain. Both brothers are off to outstanding starts to their seasons, scoring more than a point per game. ... Etem and Vatanen are the third and fourth Ducks to make their NHL debuts this season, joining two Swedes: Fasth and Rickard Rakell.