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Wild recover against Ducks, move into first wild card in West

Fiala scores second at 4:01 of overtime for Minnesota, which is 6-2-0 in past eight

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Fiala nets PPG for OT winner

MIN@ANA: Fiala fires PPG from circle for OT winner

Kevin Fiala caps a passing sequence after a faceoff win by firing a power-play goal inside the near post to give the Wild a 5-4 overtime win

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ANAHEIM -- Kevin Fiala scored his second power-play goal with 59 seconds left in overtime, and the Minnesota Wild moved into the first wild card from the Western Conference with a 5-4 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Sunday.

Fiala drew a tripping penalty on Josh Manson with 1:05 remaining in overtime before scoring six seconds later on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle.

"I had a lot of time to just walk in, pick my spot," Fiala said.

 

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Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and an assist, and Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves for the Wild (35-27-7), who are 6-2-0 in their past eight games and lead the Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets by one point in the wild-card race.

"We need [points] everywhere and every way we can get them," Dubnyk said.

Video: MIN@ANA: Fiala roofs wrist shot for PPG from circle

Jakob Silfverberg had two goals and an assist, Rickard Rakell had three assists, and Ryan Miller made 25 saves for the Ducks (28-32-9), who had won two straight.

"We were lucky we connected a few times," Rakell said of Silfverberg. "That just gives us confidence going forward. It's something we can build on."

Victor Rask stole the puck from Ducks defenseman Jacob Larsson in the neutral zone and cut toward the slot before shooting under Miller's arm to tie it 3-3 at 1:49 of the third period.

"Guys just talked about how much we needed the two points and that we've got to bear down and go at them," Fiala said. "With this group, over the last long stretch here, we certainly believe in ourselves to be able to do it."

Miller saved a breakaway by Zach Parise at 3:08 and a shot from Mikko Koivu from in close at 7:19 before Galchenyuk gave Minnesota a 4-3 lead at 14:20 following a giveaway by Nicolas Deslauriers.

"There were a lot of bouncing pucks," Galchenyuk said. "It bounced right on my stick."

However, Christian Djoos scored his first of the season with Miller pulled for the extra skater to tie it 4-4 with 1:42 remaining in regulation.

Silfverberg gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead at 11:18 of the first period. Rakell took possession of the puck along the boards and passed it to Silfverberg for a shot that beat Dubnyk glove side from the left circle.

"We bring out the best in each other," Silfverberg said of Rakell. 

Mats Zuccarello scored his first goal since Feb. 1 (18 games) to tie it 1-1 at 12:02, shooting into an open net after his pass for Galchenyuk on a rush was blocked by Manson.

Ducks coach Dallas Eakins challenged the play for goaltender interference, but the call was confirmed after a video review.

On the ensuing penalty for delay of game, Fiala scored short side from the right circle to give the Wild a 2-1 lead at 13:33.

Danton Heinen tied it 2-2 at 11:52 of the second period. He carried puck along the goal line from the corner before Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin knocked it loose between Dubnyk and the right goal post. 

Silfverberg scored his 20th of the season after Rakell stripped Joel Eriksson Ek in the neutral zone to make it 3-2 at 14:55.

The Ducks went 0-for-4 on the power play. The Wild were 2-for-3.

"We'd like to improve on that," Silfverberg said. "If we get one or two there, it's obviously a different game." 

Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: Fiala wins it for the Wild

 

They said it

"We were not happy with our second period. We addressed it in between the second and third, and we tried to address it on the bench that we have to simplify our game, put pucks deep, not give them momentum, not turn the puck over. Not only were the coaches talking about that, the players, too." -- Wild coach Dean Evason

"You can tell there's a real mutual love between [Rakell and Silfverberg]. It translates onto the ice when they play together." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins

 

Need to know

Fiala has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in the past eight games. ... Parise had an assist on Fiala's first goal and has nine points (four goals, five assists) in the past seven games. ... Heinen has four points (three goals, one assist) in seven games since being acquired by the Ducks in a trade with the Boston Bruins on Feb. 24. .... Anaheim forward Sonny Milano had the primary assist on Heinen's goal and has five points (two goals, three assists) in seven games since being acquired in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 24. ... Rakell has five points (one goal, four assists) in the past three games.

 

What's next

Wild: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Ducks: Host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; PRIME, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV)

Video: Fiala's power-play goals propel Wild by Ducks in OT

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