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Wild 3, Ducks 2, OT

Saturday, 02.26.2011 / 12:02 AM

Associated Press

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Wild 3, Ducks 2, OT
Minnesota Wild 3, Anaheim Ducks 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Dan Ellis let in one goal he should have stopped easily in the third period, then the Anaheim Ducks allowed two breakaways on their new goalie during the final minute of overtime. He only stopped the first one.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored on the second breakaway with 6.3 seconds on the clock, giving the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 victory on Friday night. Jose Theodore made 19 of his 46 saves in the second period, helping send the demoralized Ducks to their fifth straight loss.

"They are a really good team with really good players," Theodore said. "But my job is to make sure that when I get in there, I'm not happy with being average. I've got to be good. Niklas Backstrom is playing some great hockey for us, and when he gets the day off, I have to keep going."

The Ducks, who are one point out of a playoff spot with 20 games remaining, have dropped all seven games in which they have taken at least 40 shots on net.

"Theodore played a great game for them. He pulled some saves out of nowhere," the Ducks' new goalie said. "If it weren't for Theodore, we definitely would have had this one."

Ellis, making his Ducks debut after joining them in a trade from Tampa Bay on Thursday, missed the 55-foot slap shot by Clayton Stoner that sneaked between his pads with 4:57 left in the third period to give Minnesota a 2-1 lead.

"It was just a shot that was going right along the ice and hit something and went over my stick," Ellis said. "I thought I had everything closed. It's one that needs to be stopped, but it's ice I've got to get used to."

Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin took his new teammate off the hook temporarily when he converted a rebound of Jason Blake's scoring attempt from the edge of the crease with 2 minutes left in regulation.

Ellis thwarted Cal Clutterbuck on a breakaway with about 50 seconds left in OT after defenseman Toni Lydman lost the puck to him at the Minnesota blue line. But the Ducks got caught up ice again, and this time Bouchard came through with his seventh goal of the season and second winner after getting the puck from Brent Burns.

"I was waiting around the red line to see if Burns saw me. Luckily I got a breakaway," Bouchard said. "It's fun to connect and get a goal. It's a huge win for us. We played a pretty good game. We showed a lot of character, so it's a big two points. We're missing a lot of key guys in the lineup, but I think we are playing our best hockey right now. Guys are stepping up their game, and that's what we need from everybody."

John Madden also scored for Minnesota and Antti Miettinen had three assists. Anaheim's Bobby Ryan notched his 100th NHL goal and Blake had two assists.

The Ducks, who didn't have to use their penalty-killing unit at all during Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Kings, killed off two short-handed situations during the first 12 minutes. But Madden scored at 15:29 of the first, beating Ellis to the glove side at the end of a 2-on-1 rush with Andrew Brunette against Lydman.

"I used Madden pretty much all night against (Ryan) Getzlaf and he scored a big goal for us at the beginning," said coach Todd Richards, whose team is tied with Los Angeles for fifth place in the Western Conference. "I thought he did a great job under tough conditions. We played last night and it really took a lot out of us, but we found a way to get a huge two points."

Getzlaf, back in the lineup following the birth of his son on Wednesday, helped engineer the tying goal with a backhanded pass from behind the net. Theodore stopped Blake at the crease before Ryan converted the rebound at 9:02 of the second period for his 29th of the season. It came at the exact moment an interference penalty against Burns had expired.

Notes: Lydman, signed by Anaheim as a free agent on July 1, began the day tied with Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa for first place on the league's plus-minus list at plus-26. Lydman was a plus-10 last season with Buffalo, equaling his career best. ... Ellis started for only the third time this month. His last three outings with Tampa Bay all went overtime, including two victories. ... Stoner's goal was his second in 48 NHL games. ... Beauchemin's goal was his third this season and first in seven games since rejoining the Ducks in a trade from Toronto on Feb. 9. ... Teemu Selanne's assist on Beauchemin's goal gave him 57 points in 53 games. He is trying to join Gordie Howe and Johnny Bucyk as the only players to finish a season averaging at least a point a game at age 40 or older.

scoring summary
1st Period
15:29
MIN
John Madden (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrew Brunette (20), Antti Miettinen (17)
1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
09:22
ANA
Bobby Ryan (29) Tip-in - ASST: Jason Blake (13), Ryan Getzlaf (33)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
15:03
MIN
Clayton Stoner (2) Slapshot - ASST: Antti Miettinen (18), Greg Zanon (5)
2 - 1 MIN
18:00
ANA
Francois Beauchemin (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Blake (14), Teemu Selanne (37)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
04:53
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Brent Burns (23), Antti Miettinen (19)
3 - 2 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
02:51
ANA
Maxim Lapierre  Boarding against  Warren Peters
09:55
ANA
Teemu Selanne  Hooking against  Matt Cullen
18:40
MIN
Nick Schultz  Tripping against  Bobby Ryan
19:25
ANA
Corey Perry  Charging against  Cal Clutterbuck
2nd Period
07:22
MIN
Brent Burns  Interference against  Jarkko Ruutu
13:05
ANA
Luca Sbisa  Holding against  Chuck Kobasew
13:09
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard  Hooking against  Jarkko Ruutu
19:46
MIN
Greg Zanon  Hooking against  Bobby Ryan
3rd Period
08:56
MIN
Jed Ortmeyer  Tripping against  Cam Fowler
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jose Theodore
SA: 48TOI: 64:51
Saves: 46EV: 35 - 37
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .958SH: 2 - 2
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
13-7-7
SA: 31TOI: 64:44
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .903SH: 2 - 2
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