NHL

Bruce Boudreau wins in Anaheim return as Wild beat Ducks 2-1

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Manson holds Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Manson holds Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, right, blocks a shot by Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, right, blocks a shot by Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, right, blocks a shot by Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter as defenseman Kevin Bieksa, left, looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson, right, blocks a shot by Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter as defenseman Kevin Bieksa, left, looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

Matt Dumba and Jared Spurgeon scored early in the second period, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Ducks 2-1 Sunday night in coach Bruce Boudreau's triumphant return to Anaheim.

Boudreau was fired by the Ducks after their first-round playoff exit last spring despite leading Anaheim to the past four consecutive Pacific Division titles and Game 7 of the 2015 Western Conference finals. The veteran coach has turned his new team into an early-season Stanley Cup contender with 14 wins in its last 16 games.

Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves for the Wild, who won twice on their three-game California road trip.

Ryan Kesler scored and John Gibson stopped 34 shots for the Ducks, whose three-game winning streak ended. Anaheim played without captain Ryan Getzlaf, who missed his third straight game.