ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With his goalie keeping it close and his teammates narrowly missing some prime opportunities, Corey Perry knew there was no reason to start taking uncharacteristic risks.
Perry scored the winning goal at 12:21 of the third period, Jonas Hiller stopped 17 shots, and the Anaheim Ducks beat Minnesota 2-1 on Tuesday night, handing the Wild their fifth straight loss.
Minnesota led 1-0 after two periods, but Niklas Hagman tied it at 8:17 of the third and Perry swooped in to beat Josh Harding and give Anaheim the lead for good.
“We’re just playing the same way the whole game and not trying to do different things or be too cute when we get down,” Perry said. “That’s what we’ve been doing since we’ve been on this roll and we have to keep doing it.”
Dany Heatley scored his team-leading 19th goal, but the Wild failed to generate much offense the rest of the game.
Minnesota has scored just seven goals in its last six games and is 5-16-5 since Dec. 13. The Wild have lost f...