Games between the Anaheim Ducks and the Minnesota Wild are always close, and this one right from the bat appeared as though it wasn't going to be any different. Both teams were denying quality scoring chances through some tough pressure and solid defense.

Even though Minnesota managed to register the first four shots on goal of the game, they weren't getting any quality chances.

Those all went to Anaheim.

The Ducks out-chanced the Wild 7-1 in the period and the Wild didn't even register that one until late in the period.

Were it not for the play of Josh Harding, the Wild would have been run out of the building before the first 20 minutes were even in the books.

Kyle Palmieri got the Ducks first huge chance when he got ahold of a turnover and put a quick wrister on goal that Harding awkwardly fell on to make the save.

However, Cam Fowler and Corey Perry had good chances denied either by timely blocks or big saves from the Minnesota netminder.

The best chance of the period came when Sami Vatanen found Matt Beleskey in space streaking over the offensive blueline and hit him with a pass. Virtually all alone, Beleskey made a quick move to the backhand which Harding slid over to deny with a spectacular save to keep the score even.

The period came to an end scoreless, but Anaheim outshot the Wild 11-10 and earned the far greater chances through the first period.