LOS ANGELES CA - DECEMBER 11: Pierre-Marc Bouchard #96 of the Minnesota Wild reacts to the overtime goal of Brent Burns #8 for a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on December 11 2010 in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Perry, Ducks Thump Wild, 6-2

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Wild Blown Out By Ducks, 6-2

(Sports Network) – Corey Perry notched his first career hat trick, scoring three goals with two assists to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 6-2 victory over Minnesota.

Perry scored in all three periods, including his first penalty shot goal in the second, and the Ducks won for the third time in four games.

Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan both had three points in the win, with Getzlaf scoring two goals and Ryan getting one. Jonas Hiller had 20 saves.

Marek Zidlicky and Brent Burns tallied for the Wild, who have dropped eight of their last 11 games. Niklas Backstrom was touched for all six goals on 36 shots.

It was the first time in four games that the Ducks avoided a shootout. They won two of the previous three games after blowing two-goal leads in the third period.

They didn’t give the lead away in this one.

Perry scored his first goal just 19 seconds into the game, netting a one-timer from in front of the net moments after Backstrom misplayed a puck from behind it.

Burns and Getzlaf also tallied in a busy 7:08 to open the game. Burns scored into a wide-open net on a one-timer from below the left circle, tying the game at 1-1, but Getzlaf gave Anaheim the lead for good with a wrister from the slot.

The Anaheim captain scored the first of three Ducks goals in the second period, rifling a slap shot past Backstrom on the power play to make it 3-1.

Minnesota also tallied on the man advantage — Zidlicky stuffed in a rebound — but the Ducks scored three unanswered goals to end the game.

Perry was awarded a penalty shot while Anaheim was shorthanded and beat Backstrom through the legs with a simple wrist shot, giving the Ducks a 4-2 lead.

Ryan beat an out-of-position Backstrom with 2:34 remaining in the second period, and Perry finished off his hat trick on a power play goal with 4:13 left in the third with a shot that was too quick for Backstrom’s glove.

Game Notes

Anaheim was 2-for-6 on the power play, while Minnesota went 1-for-4…The Wild had only four shots in the third period.

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Wild Look To Finish Positive Road Trip With Victory In Anaheim

(Sports Network) – The Ducks don’t want to make blowing third-period leads a habit, but so far it has only cost them one point over their last three games.

Set to embark on a seven-game road trip in the coming week, Anaheim welcomes the Minnesota Wild this evening to the Honda Center.

The Ducks have gone to a shootout in each of their last three games, winning twice after blowing two-goal leads in the third period in each contest. They rebounded to post a 3-2 triumph over the Flames on Friday thanks to shootout tallies from Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.

Jonas Hiller, who made 37 saves, stopped two of the three skaters he faced in the breakaway session.

“The good part is we won tonight,” Hiller said. “The bad part is we had a two- goal lead and we gave it up again. It shouldn’t have happened. In the end, we’ll be happy with the two points. We have to do better in the third.”

Lubomir Visnovsky and Dan Sexton scored in regulation for the Ducks, who are 5-2-1 in their last eight games.

Forward Teemu Selanne has missed six of the Ducks’ last 10 games with a lingering groin injury, including Friday’s contest. The 40-year-old could sit out this game and has 10 goals and 18 assists on the season.

Anaheim improved to 10-6-1 at home this season and kicks off its lengthy road trip on Wednesday in Washington. The first five games of that swing are all on the east coast.

Minnesota is closing out a four-game road trip of its own and improved to 2-0-1 on the trek with last night’s 3-2 overtime victory in Los Angeles.

Mikko Koivu and Cal Clutterbuck both scored regulation goals off stick- handling mistakes by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and Brent Burns got the game-winner 2:50 into overtime on the power play.

With Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty off for interference, Burns one-timed a feed from current teammate and former King Patrick O’Sullivan past Quick from the slot to give the Wild their second straight win following an 0-3-2 slide.

“It’s nice to get a power-play goal against this team since they’ve only allowed one at home,” Burns said. “So we knew it would be a tough job. We killed a lot of penalties. It was a gutsy effort by everybody, everyone blocking shots.”

Jose Theodore made 24 saves in the victory, which came without Matt Cullen (groin) and John Madden (undisclosed) in the lineup.

The Wild were also overtime winners the last time they faced the Ducks, posting a 2-1 win at home on Nov. 17 thanks to Antti Miettinen’s game-winner. That victory was Minnesota’s fifth in its last seven versus the Ducks, but it has lost two straight and three of its last four at the Honda Center.

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Wild Win Second Straight By Knocking Off Kings, 3-2 (OT)

(Sports Network) – Brent Burns scored 2:50 into overtime on the power play, and the Minnesota Wild dealt the Kings a rare home loss with a 3-2 victory at Staples Center.

Skating with a 4-on-3 advantage after Drew Doughty’s interference infraction in overtime, the Wild peppered Jonathan Quick with several shots. Eventually, Burns was able to one-time a Patrick O’Sullivan feed past Quick from the slot to give Minnesota its second straight victory.

“It’s nice to get a power play goal against this team since they’ve only allowed one at home,” Burns said. “So we knew it would be a tough job. We killed a lot of penalties. It was a gutsy effort by everybody, everyone blocking shots.”

Mikko Koivu and Cal Clutterbuck both scored after a Quick stick-handling gaffe for the Wild, who are 2-0-2 in their last four games. Jose Theodore made 24 saves in the victory.

Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Smyth also scored for the Kings, who failed to complete a perfect four-game homestand. Los Angeles fell to 11-2-1 at home this season.

Quick made only 18 stops in defeat.

Koivu scored the lone goal of the first period on Quick’s first mistake.

A loose puck trickled slowly into the Los Angeles zone, and Quick came out to make a relatively routine pass up ice. However, Koivu was there to intercept the pass and fire the puck into the wide-open net 2:50 into the game.

Brown tied the contest 9:25 into the second period on his 10th goal of the season. Anze Kopitar’s initial shot was stopped, but Brown corralled the rebound in the slot and fired it past Theodore.

Only nine seconds later, Clutterbuck put Minnesota back ahead on Quick’s second error. Off the faceoff from center ice, Cam Barker routinely dumped the puck into the Los Angeles zone. Quick went behind the net to fetch it and steer it away, but Clutterbuck intercepted the weak clearing attempt and placed the disc into the net before Quick got back into position.

“It’s extremely unfortunate,” Quick said. “We outplayed them for a majority of that game. You just got to be better, you can’t make those mistakes. Those can’t happen.”

The Kings were able to tie the game 1:09 into the third, though, when Smyth easily redirected a Kopitar pass for a power-play tally. Smyth positioned himself near the left post and went unmarked, and Kopitar slid him the puck from the right circle.

Game Notes

The season series is tied, 1-1…The Wild improved to 6-5-2 on the road…Each of the four games during the Kings’ homestand ended with a one-goal margin…Los Angeles went a pitiful 1-for-9 on the power play. It had a total of 15:15 with the man advantage. Minnesota went 1-for-4 overall.

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Kings Host Wild In Western Conference Shootout

(Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls aim for their fifth straight win when they resume a three-game homestand tonight versus the road-weary Minnesota Timberwolves at the United Center.

Chicago recorded its fourth straight win with Friday’s 88-84 victory over the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, as Derrick Rose poured in 29 points and Carlos Boozer tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who are 8-2 at home this season.

Luol Deng netted 14 points and Kyle Korver 13 in the win.

“It feels good, we’re moving in the right direction,” Rose said. “We’re playing defense toward the end. We let them outrebound us in the last quarter, tip outs and a lot of second-chance shots, but tonight it worked out fine.”

The Bulls will also host Indiana on the residency.

Minnesota is only 1-11 as the guest this season and will begin a six-game road trip tonight against the Bulls, Warriors, Suns, Blazers, Nuggets and Clippers.

In a 109-99 victory over Detroit last night, Kevin Love had 27 points and 18 rebounds to lead the way. Love has recorded 15 boards or more in nine straight games, the longest such streak since Ben Wallace ran off 14 in a row for Detroit in 2003.

“I feel like we did a great job defensively tonight,” Love said. “We stepped it up.”

Luke Ridnour added 20 points and 10 assists, Michael Beasley had 12 points and seven rebounds and both Wesley Johnson and Darko Milicic scored 11 points in a winning effort.

The Wolves had lost eight of nine games entering Friday’s game.

Chicago swept a home-and-home series with Minnesota a year ago, but the Timberwolves have won six of the last 10 games in this series.

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