The Ducks won an important game tonight at the Ponda Center by conquering the Minnesota Wild who sit three places ahead of them in the conference standings. This was a four point game for the Ducks, as is every game against a conference opponent for the rest of the season. Bobby Ryan stepped up to fill the offensive void left by Ryan Getzlaf by providing two goals and an assist. Big Sexy added a goal in between Bobby's, and Todd Marchant finished the scoring with a shorthanded empty netter at the end of the game. Jonas Hiller made 29 saves including some clutch ones in the waning minutes of the game.
The Ducks tried hard to give this one away allowing a PP goal with less than 7 minutes to play that pulled the Wild within 1. Still the Ducks found a way to get the win and had a strong defensive performance overall. The Ducks go on the road to play 3 games in 4 nights. Two of those games are against opponents that are directly between the Ducks and a playoff spot. The other is against the conference leading Blackhawks whom the Ducks have no chance of catching. Getzlaf might be back for the game Thursday night against Dallas guaranteeing a little more line juggling by Carlyle.