ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild's resurgence has been
a team effort.
Manny Fernandez made 22 saves to tie his career high with his
sixth straight victory, and nine Wild players had points in
Minnesota's 4-1 win over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Saturday
Marian Gaborik and Todd White each had a goal and an assist to
help the Wild win for the ninth time in 13 games and move past the
Mighty Ducks into ninth place in the Western Conference standings.
"Right now, we are on a good roll," Minnesota coach Jacques
Lemaire said. "We still had a couple of guys who could have played
better, but as a whole I thought we played very well."
Randy Robitaille had the go-ahead goal, and rookie Derek
Boogaard also scored for the Wild, 1-1 on their seven-game
Fernandez, who picked up an assist in the third period, also won
six consecutive games from Dec. 17, 2001, to Jan. 10, 2002, and
from Oct. 11-29, 2002. He lowered his goals-against average to 1.98
and boosted his save percentage to .932, both of which lead the
Todd Fedoruk scored for Anaheim, which finished a five-game road
trip 2-3. Ilja Bryzgalov stopped 32 shots and lost for just the
third time in his last nine starts.
The Mighty Ducks, coming off a 4-3 shootout loss Friday night in
Dallas in which they blew a 3-0 lead after the first period,
trailed 2-1 after two periods and gave up two quick goals in the
third to end any thoughts of a comeback.
"There's no excuse," Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne said.
"That's why this league is so tough. Especially the nights you
play back to back. We arrived in the city at 3 o'clock in the
morning. You don't have much time to recover. You just have to play
Gaborik put Minnesota up 3-1 when he took a nifty blue
line-to-blue line pass from Stephane Veilleux and knocked a low
wrist shot from the slot past Bryzgalov 2:26 into the third.
"In the third, (Gaborik) got his legs and started to skate,"
Lemaire said. "When he skates, he makes things happen."
The Wild quickly got another goal when Fernandez fired an outlet
pass to Gaborik, who dropped the puck off to a streaking White. He
eluded Anaheim's Ruslan Salei before beating Bryzgalov from the
left circle at 3:22.
"In the third period, we made a couple of mistakes, and it cost
us goals," Selanne said.
Minnesota improved to 16-0-0 this season when scoring four or
more goals. The Wild are 4-18-4 when they score three goals or
"Our hockey club can play better than it did tonight," Mighty
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We need to put more pressure on
ourselves to do so."
Robitaille's ninth goal, with 5:42 left in the first period,
gave Minnesota the lead at 2-1.
Boogaard put the Wild up 1-0 at 9:08 of the first when he
backhanded a shot past an out-of-position Bryzgalov after the puck
took a fluke bounce off the boards. It was Boogaard's second goal
of the season and first since Oct. 19 against San Jose.
The Mighty Ducks answered a little more than 2 minutes later.
Fedoruk corralled the rebound from Andy McDonald's slap shot and
slipped a shot past Fernandez.
Minnesota forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard missed the game
because of a strained neck. ... Wild center Brian Rolston's
seven-game point streak ended. ... Anaheim center Rob Neidermayer
missed his second straight game because of a mild concussion. ...
Mighty Ducks forward Petr Sykora didn't dress because of "a
management mandate," Carlyle said.
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Arena: Xcel Energy Center Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Rob Martell, Brad Meier Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Vaughan Rody
Attendance: 18,568 (102.8% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Derek Boogaard (2)
Assist: Brent Burns
Todd Fedoruk (2)
Assists: Andy McDonald, Teemu Selanne
Randy Robitaille (9)
Assists: Todd White, Andrei Zyuzin
No scoring this period
Marian Gaborik (12)
Assists: Stephane Veilleux, Wes Walz
Todd White (11)
(Power Play) Assists: Marian Gaborik, Manny Fernandez