Palmieri, Fasth lead Ducks past Minnesota

Palmieri, Fasth lead Ducks past Minnesota
February 2, 2013, 12:39 am
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Anaheim Ducks right wing Kyle Palmieri, right, scores on Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Kyle Palmieri scored two goals on his 22nd birthday, breaking a tie early in the third period of the Anaheim Ducks' 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.

Bobby Ryan had a power-play goal and two assists, and linemate Teemu Selanne had three assists in the Ducks' fourth win in six games to start the season.

Viktor Fasth made 26 saves in his second career victory for Anaheim, which dominated long stretches of play, yet couldn't get comfortable until Ryan's goal with 1:34 to play.

Niklas Backstrom stopped 28 shots for the Wild, who are winless in three road games this season. Marco Scandella scored Minnesota's only goal in the first period.

Palmieri produced his second multigoal performance in his 34th career NHL game.