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Family reunion in Anaheim

Mikko and Saku Koivu continued their sibling rivalry last night as the Wild went to sunny Anaheim to play the Ducks.
Speaking of brotherly love, the Stanley Cup champions (and Jordan Staal) had to go deep into a shootout to bear the Hurricanes (against big brother Eric).

On to the game:
The Wild couldn't match the energy of the Ducks in the first period, with two goals being produced by Corey Perry.
The first came on what was probably a poorly-timed change, though there was a good (if too late) pursuit of Perry toward the goal and the second was just a case of the Ducks' forward outplaying the Wild defenders.

Things were better in the 2nd, with a few good chances in the Anaheim zone.
Despite outshooting the Ducks 14-4 at that point in the period, the Ducks crawled all over the Wild netminder and banged a goal in with about 4 minutes to go.
Belanger responded with a nice shot in the top glove-side corner just a few moments later
Minnesota poured it on at the end of the period and though could have easily tied the game with the excellent chances they had, unfortunately couldn't get the puck in the net.

The opening minutes of the 3rd saw the Wild weathering a storm of shots from the Ducks' forwards culminating in a pair of scoreless Anaheim power plays.
The Wild ended the game scoring with 9 seconds left by pulling their goalkeeper and using the extra man, but it wasn't enough to bring them even with the Ducks.

The Wild next play the Oilers in Edmonton on Friday.

- Kevin Horner