St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – John Gibson outdueled Devan Dubnyk, and
Jakob Silfverberg netted the deciding score late in the second period as
Anaheim clipped Minnesota by a 2-1 count at Xcel Energy Center.
Gibson’s 32 saves upstaged Dubnyk’s 22 stops, as the latter lost for just the
fifth time in regulation since arriving in the Twin Cities back in mid-
Francois Beauchemin recorded the other goal and Ryan Kesler assisted on both
for the Ducks, who put a three-game slide to rest.
Zach Parise netted the lone marker for the Wild, who have lost two of three
since winning five straight.
Parise equalized for the hosts on the advantage at 11:31 of the middle frame,
but a Matt Dumba turnover during a 4-on-4 led to a Simon Despres shot which
was tipped home by Silfverberg and the Ducks were ahead 2-1 only 2:14 later.
Dubnyk was out for an extra skater with 98 seconds remaining, but the Wild
failed to generate significant offense. Typical for a game with so many near-
misses by the hosts, Nino Niederreiter had a centering feed slither just off
the heel of his blade with 30 seconds to play.
Silfverberg crossed up a Wild defender when he dished back to Beauchemin for a
drive that eluded Dubnyk with 46.6 seconds to play in the first.
Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf participated in his 700th game with the franchise,
ranking third next to Teemu Selanne (996) and Corey Perry (710) … Minnesota
has lost six straight one-goal decisions against Anaheim on home ice.