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Wild 4, Mighty Ducks 1

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:48 AM

Associated Press

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Wild 4, Mighty Ducks 1
Anaheim Ducks 1, Minnesota Wild 4

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 night.

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 homestand.

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 NHL.

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 smarter."

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 fewer.

"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.

Notes: 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.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:08
MIN
Derek Boogaard (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Brent Burns (8)
1 - 0 MIN
11:29
ANA
Todd Fedoruk (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Andy McDonald (16), Teemu Selanne (17)
1 - 1 Tie
14:18
MIN
Randy Robitaille (9) Snap shot - ASST: Todd White (11), Andrei Zyuzin (6)
2 - 1 MIN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:26
MIN
Marian Gaborik (13) Snap shot - ASST: Stephane Veilleux (2), Wes Walz (8)
3 - 1 MIN
03:22
MIN
PPG - Todd White (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Marian Gaborik (14), Manny Fernandez (2)
4 - 1 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
12:02
MIN
Kurtis Foster  Interference against  Chris Kunitz
15:43
MIN
Marian Gaborik  Interference against  Ilya Bryzgalov
19:23
ANA
Keith Carney  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
01:30
ANA
Vitaly Vishnevski  Kneeing against  Marc Chouinard
14:25
ANA
Travis Moen  Tripping against  Andrei Zyuzin
15:44
MIN
Kurtis Foster  Hooking against  Chris Kunitz
19:10
ANA
Keith Carney  Hooking against  Brian Rolston
3rd Period
02:44
ANA
Zenon Konopka  Roughing against  Kurtis Foster
09:07
ANA
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Alex Henry
09:07
MIN
Alex Henry  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
11:43
ANA
Joe Dipenta  Interference against  Derek Boogaard
14:14
ANA
Keith Carney  Cross checking against  Wes Walz
14:49
MIN
Brent Burns  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ilya Bryzgalov
19:04
ANA
Jason Marshall  Hooking against  Randy Robitaille
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0
Manny Fernandez
SA: 23TOI: 59:57
Saves: 22EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .957SH: 4 - 4