Parise leads Wild past Ducks 4-2
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.