Key play: Rickard Rakell scored the tiebreaking goal by completing a tic-tac-toe passing sequence and the Ducks rallied for a 3-1 victory Wednesday against the Minnesota Wild at the Honda Center. Patrick Maroon and Corey Perry assisted on Rakell’s 10th goal of the season, a career high.
Pivotal performer: Rookie defenseman Shea Theodore assisted on Chris Stewart’s game-tying goal in the first period for his fourth point in as many games (one goal, three assists). Theodore scored his first NHL goal and point in the Ducks’ victory Jan. 13 over the Ottawa Senators.
Line shifts: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau split up “The Twins” in an attempt to wring more offense out of his lines. Center Ryan Getzlaf played between wingers David Perron and Chris Stewart. Right wing Perry skated with left wing Maroon and center Rakell.
Quote, unquote: “It was a really nice goal, there’s no doubt, but it was a pretty sloppy game and ended up with a beautiful, beautiful goal,” Boudreau said of Rakell’s game-winner. “It was such a sloppy game, it was hard to tell (how effective the new line combinations where. But when you look Getzlaf’s line got a goal, (Andrew) Cogliano’s line got a goal and Perry’s got a goal. So, we got three goals from three different lines, which is good.”
Roster move: The Ducks reassigned goaltender Anton Khudobin to the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League. They recalled him Sunday after Frederik Andersen was sidelined by an upper-body injury. Khudobin didn’t play in the Ducks’ 4-3 loss to the Kings that night. Andersen served as John Gibson’s backup Wednesday against the Wild.