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Wild Down Ducks 4-1

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Manny Fernandez made 28 saves, and the Minnesota Wild's power play clicked again in their 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Sunday.

Brian Rolston and Filip Kuba had power-play goals in the first period for the Wild, who entered with the top-ranked unit in the league. Minnesota has converted an impressive 36.4 percent of its opportunities.

The Wild didn't waste any time getting going on Sunday.

A charging penalty to Corey Perry less than five minutes in gave them their first chance. Marc Chouinard's shot from the point bounced off goaltender J.S. Giguere to Todd White, who slid the puck across the crease to Rolston. He scored to give the Wild a 1-0 lead just under six minutes in.

That was just the beginning. Eight minutes later, the Wild got another power play when Ruslan Salei went to the box for high-sticking.

Chouinard chased down the puck at the right faceoff dot, wheeled and fired at Giguere. The shot bounced all the way into the left circle, and Kuba charged in from the point and slammed the puck past a diving Giguere.

The Wild were 2-for-8 on the power play and are 9-for-19 with the man advantage at home.

Chouinard had three assists, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Kyle Wanvig also scored for the Wild, who took advantage of a lackluster night from Giguere, the MVP of the 2003 playoffs.

Giguere made just 15 saves and was pulled for Ilja Bryzgalov after giving up a breakaway goal to Wanvig midway through the third period.

Fernandez was rarely tested, but he came up big when he had to. He smothered a point-blank slap shot from Petr Sykora in the third, then made a nifty glove save on a breakaway by Joffrey Lupul a minute later.

He lost his chance for his 11th career shutout when Bruno St. Jacques scored with 13.5 seconds remaining.

The Mighty Ducks were playing without center Sergei Fedorov and defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh for the second straight game. Fedorov was held out with a groin injury, and Ozolinsh strained a muscle in his chest after missing Friday's game with the flu.

Defenseman Jason Marshall was also scratched after breaking his nose in Friday's win over Columbus.

The Wild were also short-handed. Star forward Marian Gaborik was originally scheduled to make his season debut on Sunday after missing five games with a groin injury. But general manager Doug Risebrough decided to let Gaborik rest for one more game, and the right winger now plans to play against San Jose on Wednesday.

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