Wild stay hot at home, defeat Ducks

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Minnesota Wild
Mar 22, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Troy Terry (61) passes the puck against Minnesota Wild defenseman Brad Hunt (77) in the third period at Xcel Energy Center. /David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

March 26, 2021

Jared Spurgeon scored two goals to lead the Minnesota Wild to their 10th consecutive home victory 3-2 against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday evening in St. Paul, Minn.

Nico Sturm also scored, Ryan Suter had two assists and Cam Talbot made 28 saves for the Wild, who broke a franchise record for consecutive home wins when they beat the Ducks 2-1 on Monday.

Derek Grant and Max Comtois scored, and Ryan Miller made 23 saves for the Ducks, who are winless in regulation in their past 19 games.

Sturm gave the Wild a 3-2 lead at 7:01 of the second period.

The Wild made a long clearing pass that Miller tried to cover, but the puck skidded away from him and Sturm was there to put it in the net.

Spurgeon, who came in with one goal in 29 games this season, gave the Wild a 1-0 lead at 7:46 of the first period when he redirected Suter’s pass that came from the top of the left circle.

Grant also scored his second goal of the season 24 seconds later, taking possession of the puck below the goal line and scoring between Talbot’s pads to make it 1-1.

Spurgeon moved the Wild back ahead 2-1 with a power-play goal with eight seconds left in the opening period.

Suter took a shot from just inside the blue line and Spurgeon tipped it past Miller from the high slot for his third goal of the season.

Minnesota, which came in with the worst power-play efficiency in the league at 9.3 percent, scored a power-play goal in consecutive games for the second time this season.

Suter recorded the 600th point of his NHL career with his second assist.

Comtois evened the score 2-2 when he scored 22 seconds into the second period.

Isac Lundestrom fed Comtois as he crashed the net and redirected it past Talbot for his team-leading 10th goal of the season.

-Field Level Media