Ducks Get Road Win Streak Snapped With Loss In Minnesota

The Ducks are 15-14-3 on the road this season.

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Ducks Lose To Wild, 5-1

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Kyle Brodziak had a goal and two assists, as the Minnesota Wild handled the Anaheim Ducks, 5-1, at Xcel Energy Center. Mikko Koivu, Matt Cullen, Eric Nystrom and Martin Havlat also lit the lamp for the Wild, who snapped a two-game skid. Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves. "We definitely deserve it [the win] with the way we've been playing the last couple games," Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck said. "You keep working hard and those things will come through for you."

Minnesota defenseman Marek Zidlicky returned to the lineup after missing the last 21 games with a shoulder injury. It was not all good news for the Wild, as Koivu left the game in the first period with a hand injury after blocking a shot. Corey Perry scored the lone goal for the Ducks, who have dropped two in a row since a four-game winning streak.

Curtis McElhinney stopped 21-of-26 shots for Anaheim, which had won six straight on the road. The Ducks drew first blood at the 3:30 mark of the first on Perry's tip-in. Anaheim's lone lead of the game didn't last long, as Koivu tied things up at 5:01. The Wild got a short-handed goal from Cullen with 4:53 remaining to make it a 2-1 game. Cullen left the penalty box to end a 5-on-3, gathered a pass from Kyle Brodziak and went in on a breakaway.

"You get a 1-0 lead and then before you know it you turn around and you're looking at 2-1," McElhinney said. Nystrom's power-play goal at the 13:32 mark of the second gave Minnesota a 3-1 lead. Just 27 seconds later, Brodziak batted the puck out of the air and into the net for a three-goal cushion. Havlat made it 5-1 on a power play at the 16:49 mark of the third.

Minnesota leads the season series with Anaheim, 2-1...Perry has five goals and 10 assists over a seven-game point streak...Ducks forward Teemu Selanne saw a five-game point streak come to an end...Anaheim made a depth move on Thursday, acquiring forward Jarkko Ruutu from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft...Minnesota started a three-game homestand on Friday.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure tor read Anaheim Calling.

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Ducks Look For Seventh Straight Road Win In Minnesota Against Wild

(Sports Network) - After a wacky loss at home, the Anaheim Ducks go back out on the road seeking a seventh straight victory as the visiting club in a meeting with the hosting Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Ducks played host to the Capitals on Wednesday after a perfect 4-0 road trip, but blew four leads en route to a 7-6 loss, just their third in the past 11 games.

Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf both finished with a goal and three assists, while Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan also scored. Perry has four goals and 10 assists over a six-game point streak, while Selanne has three goals and nine points on a five-game burst. With Jonas Hiller back on injured reserve due to the return of fatigue and lightheadedness symptoms, Curtis McElhinney got the start and gave up all seven goals on 31 shots.

"The offense put up six goals and we end up giving up seven. A better performance was needed from me tonight and it wasn't there," said McElhinney. "It's disheartening to let the boys down like that." The Ducks, who are 15-13-3 on the road, can't afford to give away points as they currently sit in a three-way tie for last place in the Pacific Division with 68 points, three back of the first-place Coyotes.

Anaheim will hope its current road momentum will carry into Minnesota, where it has lost four straight and has just two wins and a tie in its last 13 visits. The Ducks did record a 6-2 home win when the clubs last met on Dec. 12 to split the last four meetings in this series. Perry paced the big win with his first career hat trick and two assists.

McElhinney owns just one previous career start, stopping 25 shots in a 2-1 overtime setback at Minnesota on Nov. 17. The Wild have dropped back-to-back outings since a three-game win streak and now sit three points back of a possible playoff spot in the Western Conference. Minnesota was bested on back-to-back nights, dropping a 4-1 home set to Vancouver on Tuesday before a 3-1 loss the next evening in Chicago. Matt Cullen had the lone goal on the power play for the Wild, while Jose Theodore made 34 saves. Chicago's game-winning goal came off a puck that hit off the stick of Minnesota defenseman Greg Zanon.

"It was an unlucky bounce for us," Wild forward Martin Havlat said. Minnesota has won four of its last five at home and begins a three-game homestand tonight. Niklas Backstrom is likely to get the start tonight for Minnesota and is 6-4-0 with a 2.56 goals-against average versus Anaheim.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure tor read Anaheim Calling.

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