NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Minnesota|
(Tuesday, April 23rd)
Final Score: Minnesota 2, Los Angeles 1
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Niklas Backstrom posted 22 saves to backstop
the Minnesota Wild's 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday at Xcel
Cal Clutterbuck and Charlie Coyle each scored once to help the Wild snap a
two-game skid and grab a two-point lead over the eighth-place Columbus Blue
Jackets, who were idle on Tuesday, in the Western Conference standings.
"That's how you respond," Wild coach Mike Yeo said of his team bouncing back
from back-to-back losses. "You have to deal with adversity."
Jeff Carter scored the lone Los Angeles goal, while Jonathan Bernier stopped
23-of-25 shots for the Kings, who still occupy the fourth spot in the West
despite having their five-game point streak snapped.
"We didn't play three periods tonight and didn't deserve to win," said Kings
forward Dustin Brown. "We knew coming in, they're fighting for a playoff
spot, they're right there. They played with the determination to win tonight."
Both of Minnesota's goals came during a 16-second span late in the opening
period, with the first coming on Coyle's one-timer from in front at the 16:21
Clutterbuck then doubled the Wild's advantage shortly after, as he skated into
the low left circle before rifling a wrister that beat Bernier high to the
short-side for a 2-0 lead.
The Kings were able to trim the margin in half heading into the third on
Carter's 26th goal of the season, as the LA winger found the back of the net
with a wrister from the slot with 0.8 ticks left in the second stanza.
LA nearly found the equalizer with the extra attacker late in regulation, but
Backstrom, who stopped 12 shots over the final 20 minutes, made a diving save
on a Slava Voynov shot from the right circle to keep the Wild in front.
Minnesota hosts Edmonton on Friday before wrapping up the regular season in
Colorado on Saturday ... The Wild improved to 14-7-2 at home, while the Kings
dropped to 8-11-4 on the road ... Los Angeles visits Detroit on Wednesday
before finishing up its regular-season slate at home against San Jose on
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