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Wild edge Ducks on Johnson's late goal

Dec 5, 2011 - 4:36 AM
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Nick Johnson scored the game-winning goal late in the third period, as Minnesota downed Anaheim, 5-3, on Sunday.

Cam Fowler tied the game with a slap shot midway through the final period, but Johnson's tip-in with 5:31 remaining gave the Wild a 4-3 lead. Cal Clutterbuck added an empty-net goal to seal the team's fourth straight win.

"We have a group of guys that are not going to quit," said Minnesota coach Mike Yeo. "I thought our focus and execution were there."

Dany Heatley, Casey Wellman and Pierre-Marc Bouchard also scored for the Wild, who got 24 saves from Josh Harding.

Ryan Getzlaf and Saku Koivu both had a first-period goal for the Ducks, while Jonas Hiller made 31 saves in the loss.

Anaheim is 0-2 under new coach Bruce Boudreau. The ex-Capitals coach took over after Randy Carlyle was fired on Wednesday.

The Ducks held a 2-0 lead midway through the first courtesy of Getzlaf and Koivu, but the Wild scored three straight goals to grab the lead.

With four seconds remaining in the first, Heatley buried a slap shot on the power play for a 2-1 game.

Wellman's wrister tied it up at the 15:18 mark of the second and Bouchard scored with a high backhand 32 seconds later to put Minnesota on top.

"We have to play a full 60 minutes," said Boudreau. "In the second period we stood around and watched."

Midway through the third, Fowler pulled the Ducks even with a backhand. But Johnson crashed the net at the 14:29 mark and Clutterbuck's shot deflected off his skate and into the net front the game-winner.

Game Notes

This was the third of four meetings between the teams this season, with the Wild winning two of three thus far...Boudreau was fired by Washington on Monday.








  • MINNESOTA: 5
    ANAHEIM: 3
    Final

    Dec 4 10:29 PM


  • Minnesota Short-Handed Goal - Cal Clutterbuck (8), at 19:49.

    Wild 5, Ducks 3  3rd - 0:11Dec 4 10:28 PM


  • Minnesota Goal - Nick Johnson (4), from Cal Clutterbuck and Kyle Brodziak at 14:29.

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  • Anaheim Goal - Matt Beleskey, at 10:45.

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  • MINNESOTA: 3
    ANAHEIM: 2
    End of 2nd

    Dec 4 9:35 PM


  • Minnesota Goal - Pierre-Marc Bouchard (4), from Matt Cullen at 15:50.

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  • Minnesota Goal - Casey Wellman (2), from Matt Cullen and Pierre-Marc Bouchard at 15:18.

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  • MINNESOTA: 1
    ANAHEIM: 2
    End of 1st

    Dec 4 8:44 PM


  • Minnesota Power-Play Goal - Dany Heatley (8), from Matt Cullen and Mikko Koivu at 19:56.

    Wild 1, Ducks 2  1st - 0:04Dec 4 8:44 PM


  • Anaheim Goal - Saku Koivu, at 9:25.

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  • Anaheim Power-Play Goal - Ryan Getzlaf (6), at 5:57.

    Wild 0, Ducks 1  1st - 14:03Dec 4 8:16 PM


  • MINNESOTA: 0
    ANAHEIM: 0
    1st Period - 20:00

    Dec 4 8:09 PM
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