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Chris Kunitz sets up pair as Ducks overpower Wild for 4-2 win

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Brendan Morrison scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Chris Kunitz set up first-period goals by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, leading the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

The loss was the fifth straight for Minnesota, the first time in the franchise's nine-year history that the Wild have had a five-game losing streak with all games ending in regulation.

Eric Belanger had a goal and an assist for Minnesota, and Marc-Andre Bergeron scored on the power play.

Bobby Ryan also scored for Anaheim.

Belanger tied it 2-2 at 2:32 of the second period, beating Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the stick side with a wrist shot from the base of the right circle.

But Anaheim regained the lead at 6:51 of the period when Morrison cruised down the slot a step ahead of Bergeron and redirected Todd Marchant's centring feed past backup goalie Josh Harding.

Later in the second, Bergeron took a slap shot from the left point that Giguere stopped while Andrew Brunette was screening him. The puck trickled off the goalie's leg pad and behind him into the crease, but Marchant alertly swooped in at the last instant and swept it away before it reached the goal-line.

Anaheim made it 4-2 with 1:14 left in the second. George Parros intercepted an attempted clearing pass by Minnesota captain Kim Johnsson and quickly fed the puck to Ryan, who had a wide-open net to shoot at with Harding way out of position.

Minnesota's Derek Boogaard, who has played a whopping 140 games since his last goal on Jan. 7, 2006, against Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov, had a golden opportunity to end that drought less than three minutes into the game. Giguere went behind his net to clear the puck and put it right onto the stick of Boogaard, who shot it right at the sprawling Giguere with the left side of the net wide open.

The six-foot-eight, 257-pound left-wing is one of three forwards in the league who has played at least 25 games this season without scoring a goal. The others are Florida centre Brett McLean and Los Angeles left-wing Raitis Ivanans.

The Ducks, coming off a 2-0 loss at San Jose on Thursday night, scored on their second shot of the game when Getzlaf beat Harding to the glove side with a short wrist shot.

Harding, who made a career-high 37 saves in a 2-0 victory at Anaheim on Oct. 14, 2007, never had a chance on the Ducks' second goal. It came on a picture-perfect passing play involving Kunitz and Perry, who had practically the entire net to shoot at after getting a cross-ice feed from Kunitz deep in the right circle.

Exactly one year after scoring four power-play goals against the Ducks in the second period of a 5-2 win at Anaheim, the Wild got on the board at 12:15 of the first when Belanger set up Bergeron for a one-timer that beat Giguere to the stick side from just inside the blue line.

The goal came about a minute after Travis Moen received a charging penalty that led to a fight with Minnesota defenceman Erik Reitz. Anaheim's penalty-killing unit had allowed just three goals in 40 short-handed situations over the previous nine games.

Notes: The Ducks traded C Brian Sutherby to the Dallas Stars for David McIntyre and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2010 draft. ... Sunday was the one-year anniversary of the trade that sent C Andy McDonald from Anaheim to St. Louis for C Doug Weight. McDonald has 20 goals and 34 assists in 65 games since then, and is sidelined at least until next month because of a broken left leg. Weight had six goals and eight assists in 38 games for the Ducks before signing a one-year contract with the New York Islanders as a free agent on July 2. ... Minnesota survived a four-minute Anaheim power play after defenceman Nick Schultz received a double-minor for inadvertently cutting Teemu Selanne with a high stick at 12:24 of the first. ... Anaheim is 12-0-0 when leading after two periods. ... This was the 10th time the Wild have played the Ducks and Kings back-to-back on the road, and the third time they lost both games. Minnesota dropped a 3-1 decision Saturday at Staples Center.

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