(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild will shoot for a third straight victoryon Friday when they make a stop at the Honda Center to battle the AnaheimDucks.
The Wild's season has been a series of streaks so far. The team postedconsecutive wins to begin the campaign, then lost three in a row beforeearning recent victories over Columbus and Chicago.
Minnesota's latest victory came Wednesday against the previously-unbeatenChicago Blackhawks. Matt Cullen scored the winner in the shootout, lifting thehome team to a 3-2 decision as Chicago dropped to 6-0-1 on the season.
Cullen also scored in regulation while Cal Clutterbuck scored the other goalfor the Wild, who are aiming for their first three-game win streak since March29-April 1. Clutterbuck scored his first goal of the season after onlymanaging an assist in Minnesota's first six games.
"It was nice to get that goal and to be able to help the squad out," saidClutterbuck. "It's nice to get that monkey off my back."
Josh Harding started the game in net for Minnesota, but was pulled aftergiving up two goals on just four shots. Niklas Backstrom was stellar inrelief, turning aside all 28 shots he faced.
The Ducks are coming off Tuesday's shootout loss in San Jose. Logan Couturetied the game late in regulation and Michal Handzus scored the lone shootoutgoal to lift the Sharks to the 3-2 decision at HP Pavilion.
Couture found the back of the net with 2:45 remaining in the third period,taking a drop pass from newcomer Scott Gomez and ripping a shot past Anaheimgoalie Jonas Hiller.
Handzus, the first participant in the shootout, beat Hiller over the glove.Antti Niemi turned away the Ducks' first two shooters, Bobby Ryan and CoreyPerry, before getting a little help from the crossbar on Teemu Selanne's bid.
Francois Beauchemin and Matt Beleskey scored 59 seconds apart in the secondperiod for the Ducks, who have picked up at least a point in four of theirfirst five games (3-1-1).
Friday's game kicks off a three-game homestand for Anaheim, which will alsohost Los Angeles and San Jose during this stay in Orange County. The Ducks are1-1-0 at the Honda Center this season.
Minnesota has won four of six overall against the Ducks and has posted threestraight victories in Anaheim.