ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Foligno scored with 7.2 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Minnesota Wild a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.
Foligno beat Anthony Stolarz between his legs from the slot to give the Wild a win in their season opener after dramatically remaking their roster, including buying out franchise stalwarts Ryan Suter and Zach Parise.
Kevin Fiala had a power-play goal and Cam Talbot made 28 saves for Minnesota.
Jakob Silfverberg scored on the power play for the Ducks, and Stolarz made 41 saves.
Fiala tied it up 1-1 at 17:35 of the second period, chipping in Mats Zuccarello’s pass through the crease. Zuccarello took over on the top power-play unit because Joel Eriksson Ek briefly went back to the dressing room.
Kirill Kaprizov, the 2021 Calder Memorial Trophy winner as rookie of the year, had the secondary assist in his first game since signing a five-year, $45 million contract on Sept. 21.
Silfverberg scored on a wraparound 17 seconds into the second to put the Ducks ahead 1-0, continuing Anaheim’s early turnaround on the power play. After scoring just three goals with the man advantage in 28 home games during the abbreviated 2020-21 campaign, the Ducks are 3 for 9 on the power play in their first two games on home ice this season.
Kevin Shattenkirk had the primary assist for his 400th career point. He has 86 goals and 314 assists in 736 games.
The power-play goal came after Foligno and Ducks winger Max Jones got into a scrap late in the first period. Both players received fighting penalties and a 10-minute misconduct, but Foligno was also assessed a minor for interference to give Anaheim the valuable man-advantage.
Ducks G John Gibson did not play after sustaining a lower-body injury in the season opener on Wednesday. Gibson was hurt in a collision with Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Copp in the third period of Anaheim’s 4-1 win. With Gibson unavailable, Lukas Dostal was recalled from the AHL to back up Stolarz.
Ducks D Cam Fowler got his 100th career power-play assist. … Wild F Brandon Duhaime made his NHL debut. A fourth-round draft pick in 2016, Duhaime had three shots in 9:01 … Ducks F Troy Terry did not play because of a non-COVID-19 illness.
Wild: Visit the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Ducks: Visit the Calgary Flames on Monday night.
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Dan Greenspan, The Associated Press