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Wild decks hapless Ducks

The Ducks’ Luca Sbisa, left, avoids looking at the joy of the Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard after Bouchard scores in the second period to give Minnesota a 3-2 lead. The Wild came back from a 2-0 deficit in a 5-3 win.

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The Ducks’ Luca Sbisa, left, avoids looking at the joy of the Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard after Bouchard scores in the second period to give Minnesota a 3-2 lead. The Wild came back from a 2-0 deficit in a 5-3 win.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nick Johnson scored the go-ahead goal with 5:31 left in the third period, Casey Wellman and Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored 32 seconds apart in the second, and the Wild kept the Ducks winless in the Bruce Boudreau era, winning 4-3 Sunday night.

Matt Cullen had three assists for Minnesota against his former club, and Josh Harding, starting for injured Niklas Backstrom, made 24 saves as Minnesota opened a five-game trip.

Anaheim is 0-2 since recently deposed Washington coach Boudreau replaced Randy Carlyle behind the bench Wednesday.

The Ducks, who have won just three of their past 21 games, squandered a 2-0 lead two nights after blowing a 3-0 advantage in Boudreau's debut, a 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia. It was also the third time in five games Anaheim blew a two-goal lead.

The victory put the Wild atop the overall league standings with 37 points under rookie coach Mike Yeo. It is off to its best start in the franchise's 11 years, 17-7-3, and has won four straight and nine of 11

game highlights: The host Avalanche ended the Red Wings' winning streak at seven games, 4-2. … Canucks wing Mason Raymond played his first game since breaking his back in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final against the Bruins last season and had an assist in a 5-1 win over the visiting Flames.

realignment: Because of playoff ramifications, the players association is against a plan that would change the league format from two conferences of three divisions each to two conferences of two each, the New York Post reported. The union, which doesn't have a vote in the issue being discussed at this week's Board of Governors meeting, believes it would be unfair that two of the four divisions would have seven teams each and two would have eight. The meetings begin today in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Wild 1 2 2 5
at Ducks 2 0 1 3

First Period1, Anaheim, Getzlaf 6 (Perry, Selanne), 5:57 (pp). 2, Anaheim, S.Koivu 5 (Selanne, Beleskey), 9:25. 3, Minnesota, Heatley 8 (Cullen, M.Koivu), 19:56 (pp). PenaltiesSchultz, Min (high-sticking), 5:42; Staubitz, Min, major (fighting), 10:28; Jacques, Ana, major (fighting), 10:28; Ryan, Ana (interference), 18:30; Lydman, Ana (high-sticking), 19:03.

Second Period4, Minnesota, Wellman 2 (Cullen, Bouchard), 15:18. 5, Minnesota, Bouchard 4 (Cullen, Wellman), 15:50. PenaltiesStoner, Min (hooking), 8:05; Sbisa, Ana (interference), 11:10.

Third Period6, Anaheim, Fowler 3, 10:45. 7, Minnesota, Johnson 4 (Clutterbuck, Brodziak), 14:29. 8, Minnesota, Clutterbuck 8, 19:49 (en-sh). PenaltiesM.Koivu, Min (cross-checking), 18:02. Shots on GoalMinnesota 17-13-6—36. Anaheim 9-4-14—27. Power-play opportunitiesMinnesota 1 of 3; Anaheim 1 of 3. GoaliesMinnesota, Harding 7-2-1 (27 shots-24 saves). Anaheim, Hiller 6-11-5 (35-31).

at Avalanche 0 2 2 4
Red Wings 1 0 1 2

First Period1, Detroit, Franzen 12 (Datsyuk, Lidstrom), 15:08 (pp). PenaltiesV.Filppula, Det (hooking), 5:34; Quincey, Col (cross-checking), 13:29.

Second Period2, Colorado, O'Reilly 5 (Landeskog), :26. 3, Colorado, Stastny 8 (Duchene), 2:11 (pp). PenaltiesEricsson, Det (cross-checking), :43; E.Johnson, Col (tripping), 5:26; Landeskog, Col (high-sticking), 10:33; Kronwall, Det (interference), 15:51.

Third Period4, Detroit, Cleary 5 (Zetterberg, Bertuzzi), 5:08. 5, Colorado, Galiardi 3 (Landeskog), 9:22 (sh). 6, Colorado, O'Reilly 6 (McClement, Winnik), 19:26 (en). PenaltiesO'Byrne, Col (high-sticking), 1:16; Wilson, Col (cross-checking), 7:24. Shots on GoalDetroit 11-4-14—29. Colorado 7-19-9—35. Power-play opportunitiesDetroit 1 of 5; Colorado 1 of 3. GoaliesDetroit, Conklin 1-3-0 (34 shots-31 saves). Colorado, Varlamov 9-10-1 (29-27).

at Canucks 0 2 3 5
Flames 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Calgary, Tanguay 5 (Horak, Bourque), 18:34. PenaltiesGlencross, Cal (delay of game), 9:20; Comeau, Cal (roughing), 10:03.

Second Period2, Vancouver, Bieksa 2 (Higgins, Booth), 5:13 (pp). 3, Vancouver, Higgins 8 (Booth, Hamhuis), 19:01. PenaltiesH.Sedin, Van (hooking), 1:01; Iginla, Cal (goaltender interference), 3:29; Smith, Cal (holding), 10:33; Higgins, Van (interference), 15:35.

Third Period4, Vancouver, Booth 5 (Kesler, Higgins), :40. 5, Vancouver, Hansen 7 (Raymond, Ballard), 1:54. 6, Vancouver, D.Sedin 9 (Kesler, H.Sedin), 5:42 (pp). PenaltiesBourque, Cal (cross-checking), 5:14; Booth, Van (goaltender interference), 7:57; Kostopoulos, Cal (roughing), 11:00; Stajan, Cal, major-misconduct (fighting), 11:00; Rome, Van (cross-checking, roughing), 11:00; Lapierre, Van, major-misconduct (fighting), 11:00; Backlund, Cal (hooking), 17:31. Shots on GoalCalgary 13-4-5—22. Vancouver 10-15-11—36. Power-play opportunitiesCalgary 0 of 3; Vancouver 2 of 6. GoaliesCalgary, Karlsson 0-4-1 (32 shots-27 saves), Kiprusoff (6:39 third, 4-4). Vancouver, Luongo 8-6-1 (22-21).

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