Parise's 3 points lead Wild to 4-2 win over Ducks

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2014 at 12:51 am •  Published: January 29, 2014
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks had plenty of problems against the pesky Minnesota Wild. Claustrophobia wasn't one of them.

Zach Parise had a goal and two assists, Mikael Granlund scored the go-ahead goal on a power play early in the second period and Darcy Kuemper made 31 saves for the Wild in a 4-2 victory Tuesday night. It was only the second home loss in regulation for the Ducks, who are 21-2-3 at Honda Center.

"I think their record at home pretty much speaks for itself. It is not an easy rink to come and play at. They play really well here," Parise said. "I think we had a really good start. We didn't sit back. I think even when we had the lead, we kept going at them. We didn't get passive. We put them on their heels, as opposed to us being on our heels."

Back indoors following their 3-0 victory over the Kings on Saturday at Dodger Stadium, coach Bruce Boudreau and the Ducks lost for just the fourth time in their last 25 games after coming in 39-10-5. Dustin Penner and Mathieu Perreault scored for Anaheim, and Jonas Hiller stopped 29 shots.

"It's not like us to have a game like that," defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. "Bruce warned us in his speech after the outdoor game: 'The outdoor game wasn't our Stanley Cup.' That was one game, and it's over now. Tonight we got crushed by the Wild. I don't know if it was an emotional letdown, but it was certainly a letdown in our play."

Jason Pominville and Erik Haula also scored for the Wild, who are 9-3-1 in their last 13 games after ending December with six straight losses. Kuemper is 6-2-1 with a 1.85 goals-against average in nine starts since getting recalled from the minors on Jan. 2.

"I thought we frustrated them by not giving them much," Pominville said. "Obviously, they have some elite players, guys that will make things happen and make plays. But I thought for the most part we limited their quality opportunities."

After going 0 for 21 on the power play in its previous eight games, Minnesota took a 2-1 lead 13 seconds into the second period while Penner was off for slashing Jonas Brodin. Granlund cruised down the slot and redirected Parise's cross-ice feed past Hiller's stick for his fourth goal.

Both of Minnesota's third-period goals came on deflections of shots by defenseman Marco Scandella from the left point — one by Parise with 13:25 remaining, the other by Haula with 10:39 to play.

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