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NHL: Minnesota 5, Anaheim 3

Dec. 4, 2011 at 11:19 PM   |   Comments

ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Nick Johnson scored the go-ahead goal late in the game Sunday and the Minnesota Wild rallied for their fourth straight road win, 5-3 over Anaheim.

Cal Clutterbuck's pass into the crease on a Wild rush bounced off a charging Johnson and past Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller into the net with 5 1/2 minutes left in the third period, breaking a 3-3 tie.

Clutterbuck added an empty-netter, while Dany Heatley, Casey Wellman and Pierre-Marc Bouchard also scored for the Western Conference-leading Wild, who were down 2-0 midway through the first period.

Josh Harding earned the victory with 24 saves as Minnesota won for the 14th time in 18 games while reclaiming the NHL's best record at 17-7-3.

Anaheim, meanwhile, remained winless in two games under new head Coach Bruce Boudreau, who replaced the fired Randy Carlyle last week.

Ryan Getzlaf, Saku Koivu and Cam Fowler found the net and Hiller finished with 31 saves for the Ducks.

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