The Ducks weren't actually skating downhill Friday night against the Minnesota Wild. It just seemed that way. The Ducks weren't just a step ahead of the Wild during a 3-2 victory in front of 15,264 at the Honda Center. Sometimes they were three or four strides in front, and they used their speed and skill to race into the lead and stay there en route to their eighth consecutive home win. Ryan Getzlaf zoomed out of his own zone early in the first period, passed to Kyle Palmieri in the neutral zone and kept his legs churning as Palmieri passed ahead to Corey Perry. With the Wild focused on the puck on the left wing, Perry passed to an open Getzlaf for a tap-in and a 1-0 lead. Moments later, Teemu Selanne rocketed into the attacking zone, shirttail flapping in the breeze as he cut toward the slot from the right wing. He shifted the puck from his forehand to his backhand and whistled a shot into the back of the net to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead. Game over. Or so it seemed. There were still almost 50 minutes to be played and there were some nerve-jangling moments after the Wild rallied to within 3-2 on third-period goals from Kyle Brodziak and Devin Setoguchi and then had a power play in the closing minutes. The Ducks faltered, but never wavered. They stuck to their game plan, won their eighth game in their past nine and improved their overall mark to 15-3-1 for the best start in franchise history, bettering the Stanley Cup championship team that went 13-2-4 to open the 2006-07 season.
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