The start of Minnesota's mini-west coast swing didn't go their way, as they fell to Anaheim 2-1 Wednesday.
After a scoreless first period, the Ducks struck twice in the second period, the final goal of the second session coming from Corey Perry, tying him with Alexander Steen for second in the league with 21 goals.
Jason Pominville got his 15th of the year in the third period, but Minnesota couldn't find another lamp-lighter to equalize.
Anaheim improves to 12-0-2 at home, the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss on their home ice this year, and they collect points 48 and 49 on the season to remain one point clear of the Los Angeles Kings for the Pacific Division lead.
Josh Harding allowed the two goals for the Wild, for his fifth regulation loss of the season.
Minnesota has another late game tomorrow against the Sharks, a 9:30 puck drop from San Jose.