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Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, left, watches the puck bounce away after making a save against the Minnesota Wild's Andy Hilbert (19) during the second period Wednesday in Anaheim, Calif. AP Photo/Francis Specker

Perry keeps struggling Wild down

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Corey Perry scored two goals in the first 8 1/2 minutes, and Jonas Hiller made 32 saves in the Anaheim Ducks' 3-2 victory over the struggling Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.

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Ryan Carter also scored for the Ducks, who returned from a four-game trip to open a six-game homestand with a 35-shot performance led by Perry, who scored two slick goals on early turnovers. The high-scoring forward has seven points in Anaheim's six games.

Niklas Backstrom stopped 32 shots, and Eric Belanger scored for the Wild, who dropped to 1-4-0 with four road losses under new coach Todd Richards. Andrew Brunette added a goal with 9.1 seconds to play while Backstrom was pulled.

Minnesota still has two games left on its longest trip of the season. Though the Wild's new offensive look makes them more exciting than former coach Jacques Lemaire's teams, Hiller and the Ducks played a sound defensive game.

Minnesota earned its only win of the season over the Ducks at home last week in overtime, but Anaheim rebounded from a shutout loss to the Rangers on Sunday with solid defense in front of Hiller. The young Swiss goalie still is splitting starts with Jean-Sebastien Giguere in the Ducks' goalie tandem, but Hiller has looked sharp while winning three of his first four starts in his first season after leading Anaheim to the second round of the postseason.

Anaheim snapped a three-game losing streak against Minnesota.

The Ducks scored just 1:41 into the game when Wild defenseman Shane Hnidy's sloppy clearing attempt hit Perry and dropped at his skates, allowing him to move in unimpeded for a backhand goal. A few minutes later, poor defensive spacing by Minnesota left Perry alone in the crease for an easy shot past Backstrom.

Late in the second period, another Minnesota turnover left the puck to Mike Brown, whose rebound was swatted home by Carter for his first point of the season.

The Wild finally beat Hiller 1:24 later when Belanger intercepted Luca Sbisa's neutral-zone pass and slid through the crease for a slick shot.

Brunette scored his team-leading fourth goal in five games in the waning seconds.

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