Wild snap two-game losing streak with 3-1 win over Ducks

Minnesota Wild left wing Kevin Fiala, center, celebrates his goal with defenseman Matt Dumba, left and center Joel Eriksson Ek, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game. Photo: AP/Alex Gallardo. Minnesota Wild left wing Kevin Fiala, center, celebrates his goal with defenseman Matt Dumba, left and center Joel Eriksson Ek, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game.

Associated Press
Created: February 18, 2021 11:51 PM

Ryan Hartman and Kevin Fiala scored 38 seconds apart in the first period, Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 16 shots and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Thursday night.

Marcus Foligno added a power-play goal for the Wild, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Minnesota was playing its second game since having its season paused for two weeks due to COVID-19 protocols.

Sam Steel scored for Anaheim, which has dropped three of its last four. John Gibson made 24 saves.

Hartman forced Anaheim's Jacob Larsson into a turnover near the blue line in the Anaheim zone, skated into the left circle and buried a wrist shot past Gibson at 7:27 for his second of the season.

Fiala then scored his fourth goal in the last six games, putting in the rebound of a loose puck in front of the net at 8:05.

Steel got Anaheim within 2-1 , scoring in his second straight game. Steel took a pass from Danton Heinen inside the slot and then sent a backhander past Kahkonen's glove side and into the upper right corner of the goal with eight minutes remaining in the second period.

Foligno put Minnesota back up by two goals with 3:45 remaining in the game on a one-timer after a centering pass by Zach Parise for his second of the season. It was the fourth power-play goal for the Wild, who came into the game with the worst unit in the league at 6.7%.

GETTING HEALTHIER

Minnesota's forwards Nick Bonino and Nico Sturm, along with defensemen Ian Cole and Jared Spurgeon played in their first games since clearing COVID-19 protocols. Earlier in the day, Jonas Brodin, Victor Rask, Carson Soucy and Cam Talbot were removed from the COVID-19 list.

Goalie Andrew Hammond was added, becoming the 15th Minnesota player to appear on the list.

OPENING SALVO

Four of Hartman’s 11 goals since joining the Wild last season have been first goals of the game.

TOUGH NIGHT

Anaheim didn’t register a shot on goal until there was 3:36 remaining in the first period and had only 16 in the game. The Ducks couldn’t manage any despite having a five-on-three advantage for 1:06 in the first.

UP NEXT

The teams meet again on Saturday.


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