Associated Press, Published December 12 2010
NHL: Perry’s penalty shot helps Ducks beat Wild 6-2
It was the third game this season in which each member of the Ducks’ top line scored. Perry and Ryan each added two assists and Getzlaf had one. The combined total of 11 points was easily a season best for the trio.
Minnesota defenseman Brent Burns extended his goal-scoring streak to three games and Marek Zidlicky scored on a power play.
The Ducks were leading 3-2 when Martin Havlat lost control of the puck in the Minnesota zone and hooked Perry as he skated up ice with it. A delayed penalty was about to be called when Cam Barker compounded the mistake by getting his stick tangled up with Perry on the ensuing breakaway and causing the penalty shot.
Perry beat Niklas Backstrom between the pads to the delight of the crowd of 14,338. It was the first career penalty shot for Perry, who is 14 for 42 on shootout attempts during his six NHL seasons.
Ryan made it 5-2 at 17:26 of the second, converting a rebound for his 14th goal. Jared Spurgeon was serving a tripping penalty when Perry completed the scoring with 4:13 to play, triggering a shower of hats on the ice. Backstrom, who faced 36 shots, allowed at least six goals for the third time in his last five starts.
Anaheim scored 19 seconds after the opening faceoff, as Perry snapped a 15-footer past Backstrom’s stick after Ryan took the puck away from Nick Schultz in the right corner and fed it into the slot.
Burns, whose overtime goal beat the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night, tied it at 6:36 of the opening period with his ninth of the season – second in the league among defensemen and one behind Atlanta’s Dustin Byfuglien.
Getzlaf gave the Ducks the lead for good just 32 seconds later. A delayed penalty was about to be called against Burns for pulling down Ryan when Getzlaf jumped on a loose puck in the left circle that was left there by Ryan and beat Backstrom to the glove side with a short wrist shot.
Getzlaf made it 3-1 during 5-on-3 power play with 18 seconds left on Zidlicky’s hooking penalty. The two-goal game was the 11th for the Ducks’ captain, who is still looking for his first hat trick in the NHL.
Zidlicky cut Anaheim’s lead to 3-2 at 9:49 of the second while Luca Sbisa was off for slashing Patrick O’Sullivan. Minnesota has a power-play goal in each of its last three games, after going 1 for 29 over its previous 10.
Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne was sidelined for the second straight game and seventh in the last 11 because of a persistent groin injury. Linemate Saku Koivu was scratched for the first time this season because of the flu, preventing him from playing against younger brother Mikko.
NOTES: The Koivu brothers have faced each other eight times in the NHL, with each of them on the winning side four times. Saku has one goal and four assists in those confrontations, and Mikko has three goals and three assists. The only time they scored in the same game was Oct. 6, 2009, when both connected on power plays in Minnesota’s 4-3 overtime win over the Ducks at St. Paul. ... The Ducks will be away from Honda Center for the next seven games before starting a six-game homestand on New Year’s Eve against Philadelphia. ... Anaheim C Todd Marchant has played 32 games this season without a goal, and Minnesota RW Brad Staubitz is in a season-opening 27-game drought. The only other forward who has played at least 25 games this season without scoring is New Jersey C Rod Pelley (29 games). ... Burns and Ducks RW Joffrey Lupul each played in their 400th regular-season game.
Minnesota 1 1 0 – 2
Anaheim 2 3 1 – 6
First period: 1, Anaheim, Perry 14 (Ryan), :19. 2, Minnesota, Burns 9 (Havlat, M.Koivu), 6:36. 3, Anaheim, Getzlaf 9 (Ryan, Perry), 7:08.
Second period: 4, Anaheim, Getzlaf 10 (Perry, Visnovsky), 2:51 (pp). 5, Minnesota, Zidlicky 4 (Brunette, M.Koivu), 9:49 (pp). 6, Anaheim, Perry 15 (penalty shot), 14:19 (sh). 7, Anaheim, Ryan 14 (Lydman, Visnovsky), 17:26.
Third period: 8, Anaheim, Perry 16 (Getzlaf, Fowler), 15:47 (pp).
Shots on Goal – Minnesota 7-11-4 – 22. Anaheim 9-15-12 – 36.
Goalies: Minnesota, Backstrom 9-8-3 (36 shots-30 saves). Anaheim, Hiller 14-11-3 (22-20).
A – 14,338 (17,174). T – 2:25.