NHL: Ducks charge to two game lead over Wild

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Ducks lead series 2-0. (Best of Seven)

Minnesota Wild 2 3 Anaheim Ducks

François Beauchemin scored on a pair of power plays and Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves to help the Ducks to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference series. Games 3 and 4 are in St. Paul on Sunday and Tuesday.

The Wild struggled again on the power play, going 0-for-6 after failing to convert on four power plays in the 2-1 opening loss. Then there was the Ducks' short-handed goal. Ryan Getzlaf took a pass from Travis Moen along the left boards, feinted inside against Minnesota defenseman Martin Skoula, cut outside and zipped around him. The Ducks' center then flipped the puck over Nicklas Backstrom's stick.

Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said: "I thought we played a great game. It was just getting the power play to go a little better and staying out of the box. The rest of the game was fine."

Mikko Koivu scored from the top of the crease, managing to get off the shot as he was falling down, and the puck got past Bryzgalov on the glove side. Marian Gaborik scored at 3:33 of the second period to draw the Wild even 1-1.

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary
No. Period Time Team Scorer (No.) Assists Score
1 1nd 13:19 ANA Francois Beauchemin (1) PP Samuel Pahlsson, Travis Moen 0-1
2 2nd 3:33 MIN Marian Gaborik (1) Pavol Demitra, Kurtis Foster 1-1
3 2nd 16:17 ANA Francois Beauchemin (2) PP Ryan Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne 1-2
4 2nd 18:43 ANA Ryan Getzlaf (1) SH Travis Moen, Chris Pronger 1-3
5 3rd 15:04 MIN Mikko Koivu (1) Brent Burns 2-3


Team Player Shots Saves Save Pct.
MIN Nicklas Backstrom 25 22 .880
ANA Ilya Bryzgalov 32 30 .938

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