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Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) and Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) look for the puck during the third period at the Honda Center. The Minnesota Wild defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-2. Photo by: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) and Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) look for the puck during the third period at the Honda Center. The Minnesota Wild defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-2. Photo by: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Parise leads Wild past Ducks 4-2

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SportsDirect Inc. — Zach Parise recorded a goal and two assists as visiting Minnesota snapped a six-game losing streak against Anaheim.

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Mikael Granlund recorded the Wild's first-power play tally in nine games and added an assist while rookie Darcy Kuemper made 31 saves in his eighth straight start. Jason Pominville scored his team-leading 21st goal - and third in three games against the Ducks this season - and also set up a score while rookie Erik Haula netted his second career tally.

Dustin Penner registered his 150th career goal for Anaheim, which is 21-2-2 at home - with both regulation losses coming in the last eight days. Mathieu Perreault added a power-play tally while Jonas Hiller stopped 28 shots in falling for the third time in his last four starts - equaling his total of regulation losses over his first 32 games.

Pominville made it 1-0 at 7:57 of the first period, when he picked up a loose puck behind the end line after a blocked shot and banked it off Hiller's backside. Penner tied it when he accepted a pass from captain Ryan Getzlaf just above the right faceoff dot and wired a wrist shot past Kuemper high to the glove side at 18:13.

Granlund deflected Parise's pass by Hiller 13 seconds into the middle period to make it 2-1. Parise got a piece of defenseman Marco Scandella's slap shot from two feet off the ice at 6:35 of the third period and Haula redirected the puck through a maze of players after Pominville threw it toward the net 1:46 later to make it 4-1.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Parise registered his first points in three games since missing 14 contests with a broken left foot while Scandella also had two assists. ... Minnesota didn't score on 24 consecutive power-play opportunities before Granlund's goal and is 4-for-9 against Anaheim this season. ... Ducks D Cam Fowler missed an easy scoring chance in the second period when C Saku Koivu's pass bounced off his stick as he stared at an empty net. Minnesota LW Matt Cooke hit the crossbar on the ensuing trip down the ice and rang a shot off the post 3:24 later.

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