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Rakell, Gibson help Ducks defeat Wild in shootout

Forward scores in regulation, tiebreaker; goalie makes 22 saves for Anaheim

by Jessi Pierce / Independent Correspondent

Rakell roofs shootout goal

ANA@MIN: Rakell shows off patience on SO goal

Rickard Rakell skates in slowly and roofs a shot to put the Ducks ahead in the shootout

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Rickard Rakell scored in the first period and in the shootout, and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-2 at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

The Ducks killed off a tripping penalty on Ryan Getzlaf 27 seconds into overtime.

Cam Fowler scored, and John Gibson made 22 saves for the Ducks (13-14-4), who had lost two in a row. It was their first win in the past six road games (1-3-2). 

"We've been in a lot of close games lately and coming out on top of this one, it's a huge deal for us," Rakell said. "Just the environment, feeling in the room, even though we have been playing well but we lost close games -- at the end of the day we lose -- so being on top of this one feels great."


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Ryan Hartman and Ryan Donato scored and Kaapo Kahkonen made 31 saves for the Wild (14-12-5), who are 5-1-1 in their past seven games and have a point in 12 of their last 13 (8-1-4). 

Minnesota trailed 2-0 before rallying to tie the game. The Wild were outshot 14-1 in the first period. 

"The whole night was pretty frustrating, quite frankly," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "To start out that first period like that, to get one shot on goal at home, it's pretty embarrassing, and I told the guys that. I said, 'Our first 10 games weren't very good, like with the won-loss record, but nothing compares to what we did in the first period."

Hartman took a wide-angle shot that dribbled past Gibson at 7:59 of the second period to cut the lead to 2-1. 

Zach Parise backhanded a pass to Donato for the one-timer top shelf at 2:03 of the third period to tie the game 2-2.

Video: ANA@MIN: Donato scores tying goal in 3rd

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead when Jakob Silfverberg passed across the crease to Rakell for a one-timer at 3:04 of the first period. 

"[Silfverberg] and [Sam] Carrick did a great job on the entry, and I think, overall, I thought the whole team played really well tonight," Rakell said. "I feel like this was the first game in a long time where it was back to the start of the year. ... So it was a lot of fun." 

Fowler made it 2-0 on the power play at 10:23 with a snap shot through traffic. 

"It was a good win for us," Ducks forward Max Comtois said. "We showed a lot of character in the third. I think we could have pulled out the win in overtime, but we stuck with it and found a way to kill that huge two minutes in overtime, our guys did a really good job. We bounced back after that and we found a way to win." 

Video: ANA@MIN: Comtois wins shootout for Ducks


They said it

"These things can work for you and against you, when you have those ceremonies before the game. Your players can be all fired up and excited, and we were more on, 'we better be ready to go to jump on them there because they might be flying.' And sometimes there's a bit of a letdown for the home team, 'Hey, they've had this big ceremony and now it's ok we're going to play the game.' But our guys were certainly ready to go." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakin on the quick start following the Wild pregame ceremony honoring Mikko Koivu's 1,000thgame (played Dec. 1) 

"What are you going to do? Phone it in and say we got a couple injuries can you guys just not let us play for a while? You gotta play, and this is freaking the greatest opportunity for guys. … So we can't woe is me, if we woe is me, every other team in this league has injuries, so we've got to get up there and somebody say 'I don't want somebody to be hurt but this is my opportunity. I'm going to show them how good I am.'" -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on forward Eric Staal's injury


Need to know

Staal left toward the end of the first period after colliding with an official. No update was available after the game. … Wild forward Marcus Foligno had his 100th NHL assist. … Wild defenseman Brennan Menell was plus-2 in 10:23 in his NHL debut. … Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson was minus-2 and had two shots in 21:08 in his first game back since missing the past 19 with a lower-body injury. … Getzlaf had an assist and has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in his past 11 games. … Carrick had an assist in 12:12 in his season debut. … Minnesota was 0-for-5 on the power play, and Anaheim was 1-for-3. 


What's next

Ducks: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Wild: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, SNOL, NHL.TV)

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