ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Instead of dreaming of a Stanley Cup,
Anaheim Ducks fans might just want to wish for good health in the
Already without the services of top goaltender Jean-Sebastien
Giguere, the Ducks' sick bay added another big name on Sunday
night. Anaheim lost All-Star defenseman Chris Pronger to a broken
left foot during the Ducks' 4-3 loss at Minnesota.
Pronger blocked a shot by Wild forward Mark Parrish, and
appeared to be hurt right away. He tried to return to the ice but
couldn't skate without pain.
"It wasn't really that hard of a shot, it just catches you on
the right spot and there's not much padding down there," said
Pronger, who leads all NHL defensemen in points with 40 in 41
games. "Every time I went to push off, it didn't feel very good."
Ducks officials said the All-Star defenseman will fly back to
Anaheim to meet with team doctors. He left the arena wearing a
protective boot on his left foot.
It was another shot by Parrish that won the game in the third
period. His backhander fooled Ducks goaltender Michael Wall with
4:18 left to send the Wild to their NHL-best 16th home win.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard had two goals and Brian Rolston also scored
for the Wild.
"I had so many pointblank chances and didn't score, then on
that one I'm just throwing it at the net, hoping it goes in,"
Parrish said, noting that the Wild won a game in regulation after
needing overtime or a shootout in five of their previous six
victories. "It's nice to finally get two points and not give the
other team any."
Selanne said that the team's 12-0-4 start to the season is even
more significant now, with the injuries mounting.
"It's a good challenge for us," Selanne said of losing
Pronger. "If you have to get hurt, this is the time."
Wall made 25 saves playing in just his fourth NHL game. Manny
Fernandez had 27 saves for Minnesota.
Selanne had the only goal of the first period, but Minnesota got
power-play goals from Bouchard and Rolston 32 seconds apart in the
second to take a 2-1 lead. Bouchard added a second power-play goal
later in the second, tapping in the rebound of a Kurtis Foster shot
as the Wild took advantage of Pronger's absence.
"They had to shuffle some guys around, and we knew that," said
Rolston, who leads the Wild with 20 goals. "Pronger's a great
player, so it makes a difference when he's not there."
But Anaheim was also effective on the power play, tying the game
3-3 on two man-advantage goals when Niedermayer scored late in the
second and Selanne scored early in the third.
On Sunday, the Wild signed 6-foot-7 defenseman John Scott
to an NHL contract through the end of the 2007-08 season. Scott has
played 20 games with Houston of the AHL, notching one assist and 28
penalty minutes. Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said that he
was attracted by Scott's range and size, and wanted to keep a raw
but promising player from being signed by another NHL club. ... The
Ducks took four penalties in the first period -- all for high
sticking. They were whistled for high sticking once in the second