Bruce Boudreau knows the best way to beat the Wild is to shut down persistent Zach Parise and the first line.
The Anaheim Ducks coach called Parise the "Tasmanian devil" because his legs are always moving.
Friday night, Parise's legs never stopped moving, but that's because he was always defending just like the rest of his teammates during a 3-1 loss at the Honda Center.
"We were in our zone all night," Parise said.
Parise, Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley didn't register a shot until 4 minutes, 14 seconds remained in the game. They also were on the ice for Kyle Palmieri's first of two goals as the Wild's three-game point streak ended.
Bobby Ryan scored a goal and two assists and Teemu Selanne assisted on all three goals.
The Wild, winless in three games on the road (0-2-1), barely mustered an offensive attack against a 30-year-old rookie goalie named Viktor Fasth, a two-time Goalie of the Year in the Swedish Elite League. Fasth looked shaky early, but the Wild had difficulty all night getting out of its end thanks to overpowering forechecks by the bigger, more skilled Ducks.
The Wild defensemen were pressured and could barely execute first-pass exits.
"You're not going to win a lot of games when you're not getting in on the forecheck, you're not sustaining any kind of offensive pressure. I mean, they were all over us," defenseman Tom Gilbert said.
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