Wild Finish Five-Game Homestand With Shootout Loss to Ducks

February 17, 2018 06:09 PM

Nick Ritchie scored in the 11th round of a shootout and John Gibson stopped seven straight shots in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
After the teams combined for 13 straight misses, Ritchie beat Devan Dubnyk.
Ryan Getzlaff and Ondrej Kase also scored in the shootout after Kase and Corey Perry scored in regulation. Gibson made 36 saves through overtime to help the Ducks, 4-1-1 in their past six, move into a tie with the Wild for the second wild-card slot in the Western Conference.

Mikko Koivu and Jason Zucker scored in regulation for Minnesota, Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise connected in the shootout, and Dubnyk made 28 saves. The Wild are 9-3-3 in their past 15.
Anaheim won for the third time in 22 games when trailing after two periods. Kase tied it at 2 at 6:12 of the third, stopping a point shot from Hampus Lindholm, shifting the puck to his forehand and tucking it past Dubnyk. Kase has five goals in seven games.
Perry and Koivu scored in the first, and Zucker gave the Wild a 2-1 lead with his career-high 23rd goal midway through the second, tipping in a shot from Nate Prosser. Initially waved off for being touched by a high stick, it was deemed a good goal after the four officials conferred near the penalty box.
Minnesota ended a five-game homestand 2-1-2 and is 20-5-6 at Xcel Energy Center, including points in 14 of its last 15. However, Minnesota is 11-15-1 away from home. The Wild will play 14 of their final 24 games on the road, including the next three games in and near New York City.
NOTES: Anaheim C Ryan Kesler missed the game with a lower-body injury. Considered day-to-day, he'd played 22 straight games since returning Dec. 27 from offseason hip surgery. ... Minnesota scratched LW Tyler Ennis for the first time in 10 games - and third time this season. He was replaced by RW Chris Stewart, a healthy scratch for the past five games. ... Wild RW Nino Niederreiter has five penalties in his last three games. He had 11 in his first 36.
Ducks: At Vegas on Monday night.
Wild: At New York Islanders on Monday.



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