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Unbeaten Wild beats defending champions

Minnesota goalie Josh Harding, right, stops a shot by Anaheim right wing Corey Perry in an NHL hockey game on Sunday.
Minnesota goalie Josh Harding, right, stops a shot by Anaheim right wing Corey Perry in an NHL hockey game on Sunday.
Mark Avery, Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Brian Rolston and Mark Parrish scored second-period goals, and Josh Harding posted his third career shutout with a career-high 37 saves Sunday night, leading the unbeaten Minnesota Wild to a testy 2-0 victory over the defending champion Anaheim Ducks and spoiling goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere's season debut.

Minnesota's 5-0 start leaves the Wild as the NHL's only team without a loss and puts them one victory away from matching last season's squad for the franchise's best winning streak from the start of a season. Three of the wins have been shutouts.

Giguere, who recorded a franchise-record 36 victories last season and 13 more in the playoffs, faced 24 shots. He sat out the first six games after undergoing surgery on Aug. 6 for a sports hernia.

RED WINGS 4, KINGS 1: At Los Angeles, Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and two assists and Detroit sent Los Angeles to its fifth straight loss. The Red Wings scored two goals each in the second and third periods against Jonathan Bernier, the Kings' 19-year-old rookie. Detroit backup Chris Osgood made 27 saves in his 600th NHL start and second of the season. Leading by a goal in the third, the Red Wings scored goals less than 2 minutes apart to take a 4-1 lead. Tomas Holmstrom scored from the left side at 5:39 on a pass from Zetterberg, who followed with his fourth goal of the season.

Zetterberg stole the puck while surrounded by three defenders, skated behind the net and went top-shelf on Bernier at 7:21. The Red Wings are 2-0 on the road, having won at Chicago in overtime.

Michael Cammalleri, the Kings' leading scorer, prevented the shutout with a power-play goal at 1:44 of the third.

After a scoreless first, Detroit got goals from Pavel Datsyuk and Draper in the second.