Wild end road trip with win in Anaheim

The Minnesota Wild continued their southern California road trip with a 3-2 win on Wednesday night in Anaheim, over the Ducks.

The win helped split the two-game set in Anaheim.

“It’s nice to get rewarded,” Wild head coach Dean Evason said. “It’s nice to reinforce what we’re doing. There’s reinforcement of adverse situations and negativity in some spots too, and we’ll teach off of both as a staff. It’s just nice to get rewarded and feel good and hopefully carry that momentum forward.”

Kaapo Kahkonen made 22 saves in the win.

Joel Eriksson Ek had two points on the night for the Wild, including a goal.

“We have been working really hard in practice and it showed out there today,” Eriksson Ek said. “We’re structured, we’re staying the course. That’s why we are doing really well right now.”

The Ducks dropped 1-2-1.

“We’re not all going to sit here and sing Kumbaya and be patient and make sure everybody is happy,” Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins said. “There’s got to be accountability.”

Minnesota’s specials teams got both goals with Ryan Hartman scoring shorthanded, and Nick Bonino adding a power play goal.

“I think I surprised him a little bit with how early I did shoot it,” Hartman said. “He was pretty far out of the net. It worked well. It came right back to me and he was kind of stuck outside of his crease.”

Cam Fowler and Nicolas Deslauriers scored for the Ducks.

Ryan Miller made 29 saves in the loss.

“This is not a league where you can come in and dip your toe in the water and see if it’s nice and warm,” Eakins said. “You’ve got to jump two feet in, and whether it’s scalding hot or ice cold, you’ve got to just deal with it and get going.”