The Minnesota Wild give up two goals late and fall to the Ducks of Anaheim

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Wild forward Zenon Konopka gives Patrick Maroon a piece of his mind...and fist in the first period of the Minnesota Wild's home game against the Anaheim Ducks on March 12, 2013. Photo by Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report.

Wild forward Zenon Konopka gives Patrick Maroon a piece of his mind...and fist in the first period of the Minnesota Wild's home game against the Anaheim Ducks on March 12, 2013.  Photo by Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report.

The Wild lit the lamp first, midway through the first period, but the goal was disallowed after review.  The Wild would hang on to score the game’s first goal in the 18th minute of the first period.  The first period ended with the score Minnesota Wild 1, Anaheim Ducks 0.

The second period was uneventful for the first four minutes until Anaheim Forward Corey Perry elbowed Wild forward Jason Zucker in the neck.  Zucker lay motionless on the ice for several minutes while trainers talked to him and check his injuries out.  Zucker was able to be assisted to the bench with the help of teammates and trainers.  The Ducks would play a man down for five minutes and Perry was served a game misconduct for the penalty.

The second period was scoreless as the Wild continued to pressure the Ducks.  At the end of the second period the Wild had outshot the Ducks 22-7 in the game.  The biggest missed opportunity of the second period was the five minute major that was called from the hit on Zucker.  The Wild did not score on the power play, giving the Ducks an opening.  The Ducks would take advantage of that opening at the 3:06 mark of the third period when Toni Lydman tied up the game.  The final goal of the night was scored by Anaheim’s Luca Sbisa at the 16:56 mark of the third period, leaving just over three minutes for the Wild to mount a rally and tie the game.  They were unable to put anything in the net.

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The Wild will play next on Thursday March 14 against the Colorado Avalanche.  Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report and Examiner.com for continued Minnesota sports coverage.

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