Perry, Getzlaf lead Anaheim Ducks past Wild, 2-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 12, 2013 at 1:17 am •  Published: December 12, 2013
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Although Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are world-class offensive talents riding long scoring streaks, they realize they'll never measure up to unsung teammate Alex Grant and his perfect shooting percentage.

All those numbers added up to another victory for the surging Anaheim Ducks.

Perry scored a goal in his seventh straight game, Getzlaf extended his point streak to 13 games and the Ducks beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.

Grant scored his second career goal on his second NHL shot as the Pacific Division leaders improved to 12-0-2 at home, extending the second-longest streak without a regulation loss to open a season in the shootout era.

Jonas Hiller made 23 saves as Anaheim relied on its offensive stars and an unlikely contributor to grind out its sixth consecutive win over the Wild.

"I think everybody is doing a really good job and bearing down," Hiller said. "We're playing really solid. Right now everybody is trusting each other. I trust the guys in front of me to do their job."

With four victories in the past six days, the Ducks (22-7-5) have the NHL's second-best record behind Chicago.

Perry extended the longest goal streak in the league this season with a second-period goal, jumping on a rebound of Hampus Lindholm's shot off the back wall for his 21st goal. Perry matched St. Louis' Alexander Steen for second place in the league behind goals leader Alex Ovechkin.

Getzlaf started the play and picked up an assist, extending the NHL's longest active point streak and matching Steen's mark for the longest in the league this season. The Anaheim captain has scored in each of his last 15 appearances since Nov. 6, but the NHL officially recognizes only 13 games because of an injury absence early in the string.

"Obviously, (Perry) is an elite talent," Minnesota's Jason Pominville said. "He and Getzlaf play well together, and they make a lot of good plays, but I think we gave them a little bit too much time to make plays. If you give those guys time, they'll make you pay."

Josh Harding stopped 29 shots and Pominville scored his 15th goal on a power play early in the third period for the Wild, who have lost four straight on the road. Despite a strong defensive effort against an elite opponent, Minnesota opened a stretch with seven of eight on the road with another narrow loss.



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