ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – The NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks had plenty of problems against the pesky Minnesota Wild. Claustrophobia wasn’t one of them.
Zach Parise had a goal and two assists, Mikael Granlund scored the go-ahead goal on a power play early in the second period and Darcy Kuemper made 31 saves for the Wild in a 4-2 victory Tuesday night. It was only the second home loss in regulation for the Ducks, who are 21-2-3 at Honda Center.
“I think their record at home pretty much speaks for itself. It is not an easy rink to come and play at. They play really well here,” Parise said. “I think we had a really good start. We didn’t sit back.
“I think even when we had the lead, we kept going at them. We didn’t get passive. We put them on their heels, as opposed to us being on our heels.”
Back indoors following their 3-0 victory over the Kings on Saturday at Dodger Stadium, coach Bruce Boudreau and the Ducks lost for just the fourth time in their last 25 games after coming in 39-10-5. Dustin Penner and Mathieu Perreault scored for Anaheim, and Jonas Hiller stopped 29 shots.
“It’s not like us to have a game like that,” defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. “Bruce warned us in his speech after the outdoor game: ‘The outdoor game wasn’t our Stanley Cup.’ That was one game, and it’s over now. Tonight we got crushed by the Wild. I don’t know if it was an emotional letdown, but it was certainly a letdown in our play.”
Jason Pominville and Erik Haula also scored for the Wild, who are 9-3-1 in their last 13 games after ending December with six straight losses. Kuemper is 6-2-1 with a 1.85 goals-against average in nine starts since getting recalled from the minors on Jan. 2.
Flames 5, Blackhawks 4 (OT)
In Calgary, T.J. Brodie scored at 2:26 of overtime to give the Flames a victory over slumping Chicago.
Mikael Backlund scored twice for Calgary, which has won three straight games for the first time this season.
Marian Hossa scored twice for the Blackhawks (32-10-13), who are 0-2-3 in their last five games. Patrick Kane and Ben Smith also scored for the defending Stanely Cup champions.
Bruins 6, Panthers 2
In Boston, Milan Lucic scored twice and the Bruins spoiled goalie Tim Thomas’ first game in Boston as a visitor with a win over Florida.
It was the third straight six-goal game for the Bruins, known more for their defense, following road wins of 6-1 and 6-3. The Atlantic Division leaders improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games.
Capitals 5, Sabres 4 (OT)
In Buffalo, Alex Ovechkin capped a four-point night by setting up Mike Green’s goal a minute into overtime to give Washington a win over the hosts.
Ovechkin had two goals and two assists for his 14th multipoint game of the season.
Coyotes 3, Kings 0
In Glendale, Arizona, Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored two goals, Thomas Greiss stopped 30 shots and Phoenix began an important five-game homestand with a win over Los Angeles.
Antoine Vermette had a goal and an assist to extend his points streak to five games, and Shane Doan had his 500th career assist on Ekman-Larsson’s second goal.
Flyers 5, Red Wings 0
In Philadelphia, Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux each had three points, Steve Mason made 33 saves and the Flyers trounced banged-up Detroit.
Adam Hall and Sean Couturier also scored for Philadelphia.
Senators 3, Blue Jackets 2
In Columbus, Jason Spezza scored a power-play goal with 5 minutes left and Stephane Da Costa had two goals to lead Ottawa over the Blue Jackets.
Blues 3, Devils 0
In St. Louis, Alexander Steen gave the Blues the early lead and Jaroslav Halak earned his fourth shutout of the season.
Maple Leafs 3, Lightning 2
In Toronto, Nazem Kadri scored twice and James van Riemsdyk got the go-ahead goal late in the third period to lift the Maple Leafs over Tampa Bay.
Canadiens 3, Hurricanes 0
In Montreal, Carey Price made 36 saves for his third shutout of the season to blank Carolina.
Predators 4, Jets 3
In Winnipeg, Mike Fisher scored the tiebreaking goal for Nashville on a power play 42 seconds into the third period against the Jets.