Granlund's three points propel Wild past Ducks

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game recapby
Dan Arritt

/ NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM — Mikael Granlund scored two goals and had an assist for the Minnesota Wild in a 5-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday.

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Jason Zucker had a goal and two assists, Jonas Brodin had a goal and an assist, and Alex Stalock made 20 saves for the Wild (10-4-2), who have won nine of 11 (9-2-0).

Pontus Aberg scored for the Ducks (7-8-3), and John Gibson made 38 saves.

Zucker and Granlund scored on similar plays in the second period to give Minnesota a 3-0 lead.

Granlund held the puck behind the Anaheim net and waited for a teammate to cut toward the crease. Zucker made his move, and Granlund squeezed a pass between Ducks forward Ben Street and Gibson to Zucker, who chipped the puck high to make it 2-0 at 3:19.

Zucker then set up behind the Anaheim net. The Ducks didn’t pressure the puck, and Zucker fed Granlund cutting to the right post for a 3-0 lead at 7:17.

Anaheim scored after getting its first power play at 15:38 of the second period.

Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm made a diagonal pass to Aberg at the bottom of the right face-off circle. Aberg made a quick stick move before shooting into the right corner to make it 3-1 at 16:53.

Brodin scored on a wrist shot from the left circle following a turnover in the neutral zone for a 4-1 lead at 10:06 of the third period, and Granlund made it 5-1 at 16:03.

Jordan Greenway gave the Wild a 1-0 lead 1:48 into the game. He received a centering pass from Joel Eriksson Ek, avoided Gibson’s poke-check and backhanded the puck across the goal line.

The Wild outshot the Ducks 19-5 in the first period.

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