ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Eventually, everyone knew that Petr Tenkrat scored the tying goal, yet it didn't count and the Minnesota Wild escaped with a victory.
Tenkrat's goal was disallowed and the Wild held on for a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Sunday night, keeping Minnesota without a loss in six games (4-0-2).
With just over three minutes to play, Tenkrat's shot was stopped by goalie Manny Fernandez. The puck bounced up, deflected off Tenkrat's arm and in. But referee Terry Gregson whistled the play dead after the first shot, nullifying the goal.
"That goal was in, no doubt," Fernandez said. "He thought I had it after the first shot, so he blew the whistle. When they reviewed it, they ruled that the puck didn't beat the whistle."
Gregson issued a concurrent statement after the game, saying: "I did not see the puck cross the line prior to the whistle blowing."
Anaheim is winless in six games (0-5-1).
"Everybody knew this was a goal," Ducks forward Teemu Selanne said. "Maybe he had a New Year's party to go to and didn't want to go to OT."
The late-game controversy overshadowed a goal and an assist by Minnesota's Scott Pellerin, which helped lift the Wild to their first mark of better than .500 at home (7-6-6-2).
Pellerin assisted on the tiebreaking goal late in the third, feeding a pass from behind the net to Lubomir Sekeras at the top of the crease. As Anaheim goalie Guy Hebert dived to intercept the pass, Sekeras chipped the puck over him and into the net.
"Everyone chipped in at different times," Pellerin said. "Tonight I was able to help, and it felt good, but as a team we keep finding different ways to win. We just keep doing our jobs and not doing anyone else's job."
After a scoreless first period, during which the Ducks killed two 5-on-3 power plays, Tony Hrkac capitalized on a miscue by Fernandez to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead early in the second.
Fernandez fanned on a pass attempt behind the net, leaving the puck and the net unattended. Marc Chouinard grabbed the loose puck and passed to Hrkac, who tapped it in.
Minnesota took the lead later in the second with a pair of goals in a span of less than two minutes.
Anaheim 0 1 1 -- 2
Minnesota 0 2 1 -- 3
First Period--None. Penalties--Cullen, Ana (high-sticking), 4:27; Cohn, Ana (high-sticking), 11:05; Havelid, Ana (slashing), 12:19; Salei, Ana (high-sticking), 13:57.
Second Period--1, Anaheim, Hrkac 7 (Chouinard, Havelid), 1:53. 2, Minnesota, Pellerin 6 (Hendrickson, Leschyshyn), 14:34. 3, Minnesota, Gavey 4, 16:27. Penalties--Kuba, Min (high-sticking), 5:29; Johnson, Min (hooking), 7:50; Johnson, Min (roughing), 11:08.
Third Period--4, Anaheim, Trnka 1 (Hrkac), 5:00. 5, Minnesota, Sekeras 8 (Pellerin, Roest), 14:10. Penalties--None.
Shots on goal--Anaheim 6-14-11--31. Minnesota 7-14-5--26.
Power-play Opportunities--Anaheim 0 of 3; Minnesota 0 of 4.
Goalies--Anaheim, Hebert 12-16-3 (26 shots-23 saves). Minnesota, Fernandez 11-7-2 (31-29).
Referees--Terry Gregson, Dennis LaRue. Linesmen--Brian Mach, Thor Nelson.
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