Koivu Scores In Shootout As Wild Beat Kings 4-3
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — Mikko Koivu scored in a shootout to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Koivu also had two assists in regulation. Matt Cullen also had a goal, Zach Parise had a goal and an assist and Niklas Backstrom stopped 28 shots for Minnesota, which bounced back after having its seven-game win streak ended a night earlier in Dallas.
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Parise and Cullen also scored in the shootout for the Wild, who are in first place in the Northwest Division.
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Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter had power-play goals, and Justin Williams also scored for the Kings, who blew a two-goal lead and fell to 2-1 on their five-game road trip. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made 25 saves.
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Backstrom won his eighth consecutive start and his 19th game of the season a night after sitting out for the first time in 13 games.
The Kings took a 3-1 lead midway through the second period when Williams scored on a breakaway after blocking Clayton Stoner’s shot attempt at point-blank range. Two minutes later, though, Charlie Coyle gave the Wild a boost by scoring on a backhand from his knees after whiffing on his initial attempt.
Coyle missed badly and fell after taking a pretty pass from Parise from behind the net. He more than made up for it by sneaking his second attempt under Quick’s stick to make it 3-2.
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Parise tied it in the third just as L.A. killed off a 5-on-3 Minnesota power play. The crowd just finished booing the Wild for failing to get a shot during the two-man advantage when Koivu went cross ice to find Parise, who wristed it past quick from the left circle to make it 3-all.
L.A. led 1-0 after Brown’s goal at 7:58 of the first period, but Cullen tied it at 13:19 after a turnover.
Notes: The Kings have scored two power-play goals on the road four times this season, but have lost all four games. … Wild C Torrey Mitchell was scratched due to an illness. … Cullen has 19 points in his past 19 games, and Devin Setoguchi has 10 points in his past 10.
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