Ryan Suter and Nick Bjugstad score as Wild takes care of the ducks

Ryan Suter and Nick Bjugstad score as Wild takes care of the ducks

ST. PAUL, Minnesota – Ryan Suter and Nick Bjugstad scored, Cam Talbot made 24 saves and the Minnesota Wild returned home with a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.
Bjugstad scored their fifth goal of the season at 3:42 after the start of the third period to break a draw as Minnesota set a franchise record with their ninth consecutive home win.

“I think we’re going through a bit of an energy crisis, but we’re finding ways to win, which is important,” Suter said. “Every game can’t be, you score six goals and everyone is smiling. . Every now and then you have to grind them like we did tonight. ”

Troy Terry scored for Anaheim, who lost six of seven. Ryan Miller made 21 saves in his fifth straight start for the Ducks.

“Overall I think we played a really strong game tonight to build,” said Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson. “I think we have to stay positive after this one. There are games you want to learn and maybe you just bow your head a bit. But this is it, I think we need to stay awake and move on to the next one. ”

The Wilds were back home from a trip to Colorado in which they were outscored 11-1 in two games. The suddenly high scoring team still seemed slow at first against Anaheim, but recovered from Terry’s opening goal early in the second.

The Ducks beat Minnesota 10-5 in Game 1, but were 0 for 2 on the power play.

“Right from the start, the game, the warm-up, leading to the puck drop, it was just blah,” said Wild coach Dean Evason. “And the guys are feeling it. They know that. They are trying to catch him. They are trying to make their way, to energize their way. We did not simplify our path, which we could have done a little earlier in the hockey game. ”

Five minutes into the second, Wild Mats forward Zuccarello slipped, causing a roll. Terry passed the puck past the defense at the blue line for a quick breakaway and beat Talbot with a backhand.

Terry has a four-game streak with one point in which he scored twice and added three assists.

“There are a lot of things to take away this year that we need to learn from,” said Terry. “I don’t necessarily think this game was part of it. I think we can learn some lessons from it. But I think you can just see it. We had more energy. We had fun and we created. ”

Minnesota, with the NHL’s worst power play, finally took the lead over the man when Suter’s wrist hit found its way into traffic as Miller was screened by Marcus Johansson. It was Suter’s first goal of the season and the first of his last 32 games.

Bjugstad hit quickly in the third, cleaning up a rebound for an easy shot into a semi-open net.

“Tonight’s start wasn’t our best, but as the game progressed I thought we got better,” said wild defenseman Carson Soucy. , try to play with that confidence, that swagger right away, like we did a little bit in the third one there. ”


Maybe a third-period tie wasn’t a good sign for Anaheim. The Ducks had their worst third offensive outing this season scoring just 19 goals while giving up 43.

Meanwhile, the Wilds did most of their damage in the third, scoring 33 goals.


Anaheim has played 33 games this season and 21 have been decided by one goal. It’s the highest percentage of any team in the league, and the Ducks are on course to play the most NHL one-goal games in over 10 years.


Minnesota have started a three-game home game, where they are 11-3-0 this season. The nine-game winning streak is the longest streak in the NHL today. The Wild have had three eight-game home series before this season, the last in 2016.


Manson returned to the lineup after missing six games with a lower body injury. He’s been limited to seven games this season. … Miller started again in the absence of John Gibson, who missed his fourth straight game.

Johansson returned for Minnesota after missing 16 games with an upper body injury.


The teams finish a two-game series Wednesday at Minnesota. Anaheim is on a six-game trip, its longest of the season


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