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Kirill Kaprizov, Wild hope to continue hot start vs. Ducks

Minnesota Wild at Anaheim Ducks

  1. The Wild took points in all three meetings with the Ducks last season (2-0-1), including wins in both games in Anaheim. In fact, the Wild have won five of the last six in Anaheim after winning just one of the previous seven meetings.
  2. Minnesota swept Los Angeles to open the season, winning both games by a score of 4-3. The Wild went a combined 0-for-11 on the power play in the two-game set, the first time the club has gone 0-for-5 or worse in each of the first two games of the season since its inaugural season in 2000-01.
  3. Ryan Suter scored a goal on Saturday against the Kings, also notching his 500th career assist in the win. Suter's 500 assists rank second among active NHL defensemen behind Duncan Keith (511) and rank seventh all-time by an American-born defenseman.
  4. Zach Parise has 18 points (8g, 10a) in 29 career games against the Ducks, including a point in all three meetings last season. Prior to last season, he had been held off the scoresheet in six straight games against the Ducks dating back to February 2017.
  5. Anaheim followed a 5-2 opening night loss with a 2-1 overtime defeat in Vegas, managing just 22 shots on goal in each game. The Ducks have been held to two goals or fewer 41 times since the start of last season -- only the Red Wings (49) have more such games.
  6. Max Comtois has scored all three Ducks goals this season, becoming the 15th player in NHL history to score his team's first three goals in a season, and the first since Connor McDavid did so for the Oilers in 2017-18. Only one player in NHL history has scored his team's first four goals: Auston Matthews with Toronto (2016-17).

The refuse-to-lose Minnesota Wild will take their comeback act a few miles south Monday when they play the first of two consecutive games on the road against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Wild opened their season at Los Angeles and delivered a pair of 4-3 overtime victories by refusing to quit when their chances looked bleak.

The Wild scored two goals in the third period of Thursday's season opener against the Kings, with Kirill Kaprizov scoring the game winner with 1:13 remaining in overtime of his NHL debut for his first career goal.

On Saturday, the Wild pushed their limits even further, sending the game into overtime with another pair of third-period goals, the second of which came from Matt Dumba with 1.4 seconds remaining. Keeping with the last-second theme, Marcus Johansson scored the game winner with 10.6 seconds remaining in the extra period.

"It's unbelievable to see that we can turn games around like this," Johansson said. "Obviously, we don't want to do that every night, but it shows the strength we have in this group and they believe in what we're doing."

Ryan Suter had two assists - both on Dumba's goals - to reach 500 assists in his career and 300 with the Wild.

The 23-year-old Kaprizov, from Russia, not only had the game-winning goal Thursday, he also had two assists in the opener. With an assist Saturday on Johansson's game-winning score, he has four points over his first two games.

The Wild will be playing the third game of their four-game road trip to start the season, they but are making the best of it with dramatic victories and 80-degree temperatures in the Los Angeles area.

Now comes a visit to Anaheim where Minnesota has won three consecutive games going back to November of 2018.

The Ducks have not won in two tries this season, but they took the Las Vegas Golden Knights to overtime on the road Saturday in a 2-1 defeat. The Ducks lost the opener to the Golden Knights 5-2 on Thursday.

Poised to have their 1-0 lead hold up Saturday, Las Vegas' William Karlsson scored with 1:22 remaining to tie it and send the game into overtime. Max Pacioretty won it for the Golden Knights a mere seven seconds into the extra period.

The defeat spoiled a strong night from goaltender John Gibson, who had 31 saves before the effort came crashing down all around him and the team.

Now the Ducks must regroup to face another team well versed in the same type of late rally.

"(Gibson) was the reason we were in the game, for sure," Ducks center Sam Steel said. "We left him out to dry a few too many times. He's going to make big saves, which he did, and they ended up getting (the tying goal) late, but none of the blame is on him. He kept us in there for the whole game."

Max Comtois scored Anaheim's lone goal Saturday after scoring both goals in the season opener. It is the first time a single Ducks player scored the first three goals for the team to start a season and only the 15th time it has happened in NHL history.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 17, 2021

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