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Niedermayer, Ducks rebound to defeat Wild

Nov 13, 2006 - 3:53 AM ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Scott Niedermayer and the Anaheim Ducks did not let the taste of defeat linger.

Niedermayer scored a power-play goal in the third period and Dustin Penner and Corey Perry also tallied as the Ducks rebounded with a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

The win came one game after the Ducks had their NHL record of 16 consecutive games to open the season without a defeat in regulation end in a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames on Friday.

"Good teams will find ways to bounce back," Anaheim goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere said. "Obviously, you can't win them all and you can't be successful all the time. But when you're not, it's important to come back the next game and play hard. It was important to start this homestand on the right foot and we responded very well."

"We were pretty disciplined tonight, and that's how we have to be," said Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle, whose club opened a five-game homestand. "This is a new-rules team; hopefully the discipline that we've been able to acquire in that little while is going to be something we can build from."

Niedermayer scored the game-winner at 5:11 of the third period. The veteran defenseman took a pass from behind the net from Ryan Getzlaf and beat goaltender Niklas Backstrom for a 3-1 lead.

"I knew there were some guys in front of the net and the goalie was out of position and I just threw it back in front," Getzlaf said. "I knew we had guys there. It just happened to end up on Scotty's stick. He happened to be in the right place."

The Wild sliced the deficit to 3-2 when Pierre-Marc Bouchard beat Giguere with 53 seconds left in the third period.

"Lately I've had some good scoring chances against the other teams," said Bouchard, whose three goals this season have all come against the Ducks. "I guess tonight I was good."

Giguere finished with 24 saves for the Ducks, who went 1-for-5 on the man advantage. Backstrom recorded 35 saves for the Wild.

In a rare instance, the Wild did not receive any power-play opportunities.

"I don't know if we drew any tonight," said Brian Rolston, who assisted on Bouchard's goal. "I didn't think the officiating was bad. That's one of those things when you don't have the legs, you don't have the wheels to draw penalties and do things to draw penalties, but I'm sure they (the referees) probably could have found one for us."

The Wild are only 3-3-0 in their last six games after winning nine of their first 10.

"We haven't been healthy," Rolston said. "We have one of our best players out of the lineup (Marian Gaborik), Wes (Walz) has been out of the lineup, and we have to get everybody contributing. That's the biggest thing."

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