Ducks take down Wild to secure comeback victory on the road, 3-2

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The Ducks scored 2 unanswered goals to come from behind and take down the Wild.

The Ducks took off to Minnesota for the final game on their road trip as they looked to bounce back from a tough overtime loss to the Stars. The first period ended up seeing most of the scoring in the contest, as the Wild opened up with a lead-taking goal from Kirill Kaprizov. Anaheim would tie the game up at 1 just a couple of minutes later thanks to Troy Terry’s 13th score of the season. Before the period’s end, Minnesota would reclaim the lead on a goal from Jon Merrill. The second period saw both teams come up empty as the intense battle headed to the third and final period with the Wild hanging onto a thin 2-1 edge. At the 6:45 mark, Ryan Strome would deliver a clutch score to tie the game at 2 and break even for the Ducks. Ultimately, it was Troy Terry who would play hero with his second of the game to put Anaheim ahead for good. They would fend off the Wild for the rest of the game as they secured a 3-2 victory, and will now head back home as winners in two out of their last three games.

Here are three takeaways from the victory:

Ducks end 13-game losing streak to the Wild

Just one game after failing to end their now 11-game losing streak in Dallas against the Stars, Anaheim came ready to end this streak. The 3-2 victory marked the team’s first win over Minnesota in 13 games and will certainly help towards a happy plane ride back to California.

It was an all-around effort for Anaheim as they saw multiple contributors in a come-from-behind victory. Troy Terry managed to score twice, Ryan Strome added a goal of his own, and Adam Henrique chipped in with two different assists. Despite getting out-shot by the Wild 37-25, the Ducks managed to come up clutch in the third period with their two goals to seal the deal. It was a nice display of teamwork and hustle from the squad, and perhaps it comes as a sign of momentum with 2 out of the last 3 games resulting in their favor. With the next two games at home, Anaheim will have a golden chance to keep things rolling in the right direction.

Lukas Dostal saves 35 shots to help Anaheim secure the W

Perhaps John Gibson’s impressive effort in the Duck’s loss to the Stars had an inspiring effect on Lukas Dostal, who played a big part in Anaheim’s Saturday night W. While he allowed 2 goals to Minnesota in the first period, it was strictly business from that point on. The Wild would not score another time in the game, and he gave his teammates just enough breathing room to dramatically sweep in and steal the game in the third period.

Dostal saved 35 of 37 shots thrown at the net and improved his record on the season to 7-11-1. While the Ducks hover around the bottom area of the league with a team save percentage of .896, their 2 goalies have shown some nice fight recently and chipped in for a couple of impressive wins. The team certainly needed Dostal for this win, and he came through down the stretch when they relied on him the most.

Troy Terry scores twice to lead the charge

The biggest performance of the night for the Ducks belongs to right winger Troy Terry, who chipped in with 2 goals and gave Anaheim the go-ahead score in the third period. His first score came in the opening frame, as he initially brought the game back even at 1.

That goal would be the only one until the final period, where Ryan Strome came up with a big goal of his own to tie the game once again for the Ducks. After erasing their second deficit of the contest, Terry would step up once again to deliver the dagger.

It was an impressive score that came on his own rebound to give Anaheim their first lead of the contest. Lukas Dostal took care of the rest to help Terry and the rest of the team breathe a sigh of relief. His two goals brought him up to 14 on the season, which stand alongside 21 assists (35 total points). Terry currently possesses the third-most goals on the team behind Adam Henrique and Frank Vatrano, proving himself as a key offensive asset. He stepped up in a big way for the Ducks on Saturday as they closed off the road trip with an exciting win.

Now, the team heads home for a few days off before returning to action on Wednesday night against the Sharks. The two squads last met in San Jose just one week ago, with the Sharks coming out on top 5-3. It will be a chance at revenge for Anaheim as they look to grab another W and make it 3 wins in their last 4.

The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. PT.