Late scores lift Ducks over Wild

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Updated: March 12, 2013

Luca Sbisa scored the deciding goal with 3:04
left to play, capping a furious third-period rally that lifted the Anaheim
Ducks to a 2-1 triumph over the Minnesota Wild at XCel Energy Center.

Patrick Maroon also scored during Anaheim’s late charge, while Jonas Hiller
turned aside 30-of-31 shots in a strong effort between the pipes to help the
surging Ducks earn their fourth straight victory while halting Minnesota’s
four-game home win streak in the process.

Devin Setoguchi converted a power-play chance for the Wild’s lone tally, with
Niklas Backstrom coming up with 19 saves in a losing cause.

Anaheim’s offense was lifeless for much of the game, but sprung to action
during a third period in which the Ducks put up 14 of their 21 shots.

The Ducks pressured the Minnesota zone early on and were rewarded 3:06 into
the session. Toni Lydman sent a drive wide of the net, but the puck caromed
right back to Maroon and the forward put it in through an open left side to
knot the score.

Sbisa later but Anaheim in front with a well-placed blast that whistled over
Backstrom’s right shoulder and into the upper left corner with just over three
minutes remaining.

Minnesota’s fate was sealed soon after when Ryan Suter was sent off for
slashing the Ducks’ Andrew Cogliano with 1:10 left to play.

The Wild dominated play through the first two periods, building a 22-7 shot
advantage, but went into the third clinging to just a 1-0 lead after failing
to capitalize on several opportunities.

Minnesota did have an early goal waved off, however, with Torrey Mitchell’s
apparent backhand score 2:27 into the contest nullified after a video review
determined the puck didn’t entirely cross the line before Hiller covered it
up.

The Wild couldn’t convert a lengthy 5-on-3 chance near the midway stage of
the opening frame, but did cash in on another power play near the end of the
session.

With Sbisa in the box for a high-sticking call, Setoguchi fired a wrister
through Hiller’s legs from the left circle off a cross-ice feed from Matt
Cullen exactly two minutes prior to the break.

The Wild peppered Hiller with 14 shots in the second period, but the Anaheim
netminder turned them all back to keep it a one-goal differential heading into
the third.

Game Notes

Anaheim’s Corey Perry received a major for interference and a game misconduct
for elbowing Wild forward Jason Zucker into the board with 4:21 elapsed in the
second period. Zucker did not return to the contest … Minnesota had a string
of six straight home games in which it earned a point end, having gone 5-0-1
over that stretch … Both Suter and Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan had seven-game point
streaks snapped, with Ryan having notched three goals and five assists during
that span and Suter recording one goal and eight helpers … Sbisa’s goal was
his first since Mar. 16 of last season, when he tallied against Los Angeles.