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Coyle, Clutterbuck give Wild 2-1 win over Kings

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm •  Published: April 23, 2013

"We didn't play three periods. We didn't deserve to win the game," Kings captain Dustin Brown said.

Brown fired up the Wild with a vicious-looking elbow to the jaw of Jason Pominville in the second period that went without penalty and knocked Pominville on his back. He woozily and slowly skated off the ice with a trainer's guidance and didn't return to the bench. Yeo said he had no update on Pominville's condition and declined to comment on the hit. Brown, who had the puck on his stick at the time, said he was trying to brace himself for a hit from Pominville.

"We've seen it on the replay, but I'm sure someone will look at it," Setoguchi said. "The game's going fast. From our end, it was right in the head on the face."

The Wild already without one of their top scorers in Dany Heatley for the remainder of the season. Losing Pominville for any stretch would be a significant setback.

"I think we handled it really well, and that's something to be focusing on," said Backstrom, who stopped 22 shots. "Grow on that, that nothing rattles us no matter what happens there."

NOTES: Kings C Anze Kopitar has his goal-less streak reach 14 straight games. ... The Wild's AHL affiliate, moving to Des Moines, Iowa, next season, will be called, naturally, the Iowa Wild. ... Josh Harding was on the active roster as Backstrom's backup for the first time since early February. Harding was placed on injured reserve after developing complications from the multiple sclerosis medication he's been taking, and he was returned from a conditioning stint with Houston on Monday. ... Bernier's shutout streak against the Wild ended at 89:06. ... Fourth-line enforcer Zenon Konopka returned from a foot injury for the Wild.


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