Granlund nets pair as Wild dominate Ducks
Mikael Granlund had two goals and an assist, and Jason Zucker added a goal and two assists to lead visiting the visiting Minnesota Wild to their ninth win in 11 games, 5-1, over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.
Jonas Brodin also had a goal and an assist, Jordan Greenway scored a goal and Jared Spurgeon added a pair of assists for Minnesota. The Wild, who won at Los Angeles 3-1 on Thursday night, completed their first back-to-back road sweep of the Kings and Ducks since Dec. 14-15, 2007.
Alex Stalock had 20 saves for Minnesota, which improved to 4-2 after six games of a seven-game road trip that concludes on Sunday afternoon in St. Louis.
Pontus Aberg scored the lone goal for Anaheim. John Gibson stopped 38 shots for the Ducks, who matched a season high by allowing five goals.
Greenway gave Minnesota a 1-0 at the 1:48 mark of the first period with his second goal of the season, backhanding a shot past Gibson from the right side of the net. The goal was set up by a slick crossing pass from along the right boards by Joel Eriksson Ek.
The Wild scored two goals in a four-minute span early in the second period to increase their lead to 3-0. Zucker scored the first, cutting in front of the goal and converting a pass from Granlund, who patiently controlled the puck behind the net, with a shot just inside the left post for his fifth goal of the season.
Brodin came in alone on the left side during an Anaheim line change and fired a shot top corner past Gibson to make it 4-1 midway through the third period.
Granlund finished the scoring with a rebound goal from the slot for his second of the game and ninth of the season. It marked the 11th career game with three or more points in Granlund's career.
--Field Level Media
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