The Wild came to Anaheim on Friday, March 1, in eighth place in the Western Conference and feeling good.

The good feelings didn't last.

Chicago and Anaheim are making the West a two-horse race; Chicago has 39 points and Anaheim 31, while just six points separate Vancouver and St. Louis -- tied for third place -- from 14th-place Calgary.

A win over the Ducks would have given the Wild their first three-game win streak and boosted them into a tie for the lead in the Northwest Division as well as into a tie for third in the conference.

Instead, they dropped a 3-2 decision.

The Ducks, who defeated Nashville at home Wednesday night and did not play Thursday, simply had too much manpower.

Guys such as Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry appear at times to put Anaheim in a different league than the Wild.