Niederreiter, Kuemper lift Wild to win over Kings

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 8, 2014 at 1:42 am •  Published: January 8, 2014
Advertisement
;

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Minor league call-up Darcy Kuemper looked totally different than he did in his two other appearances with the Minnesota Wild this season.

The Los Angeles Kings were quite impressed.

Kuemper made 17 of his 39 saves during the first period in his fifth NHL start, a 2-1 victory over the Kings on Tuesday night.

Nino Niederreiter scored the tying goal early in the third period and netted the only goal in a four-round shootout.

"Everyone battled hard," Kuemper said. "We bent a few times, but didn't break. We did a really good job of picking up sticks and eliminating second chances, and that made it a lot easier on me."

Kuemper's earlier outings were forgettable. On Oct. 15, he allowed three goals on seven shots before getting pulled from his start at Toronto. On Nov. 19, he let in three goals on nine shots in a relief appearance at Montreal.

"It was a chance to redeem myself. My game is definitely where I want it to be right now," Kuemper said. "I've been working on it a lot and playing good down there, so I tried not to change anything when I came up here. It worked out pretty good tonight."

The Wild, playing their first game since captain and leading scorer Mikko Koivu broke his ankle Saturday at Washington, have won three straight for the first time since Nov. 1-5.

"It's a start," coach Mike Yeo said. "I'm really happy for Darcy. He kind of got thrown into a game where he wasn't quite expecting to play until this morning, and he responded extremely well."

Jarret Stoll scored for the Kings, and Jonathan Quick made 16 saves in his second straight start after missing 24 games because of a groin injury.

"Quick didn't have a lot of work, but he had to make some good saves for us," coach Darryl Sutter said. "Their guy had a lot of work and made a lot of saves. We had some unfinished opportunities.

"You can't always expect the big guys to score all of the time. We need to get more secondary scoring, and more opportunities from our defense."

Coming off a 5-3 victory in which they were outshot 30-11 by the Capitals, the Wild were outshot 30-9 by the Kings through the first two periods.

"He played great. You've got to give him credit for sure," Stoll said of Kuemper. "He's a big guy, moves well, is very athletic, and he worked hard to see pucks."

Kuemper stopped seven shots during the Kings' first power play, which came after Matt Cooke was sent off for slashing at 6:47 of the second. The 6-foot-5 goalie got a break midway through the period, when Dwight King hit the right post with a shot from the left point after a turnover by defenseman Keith Ballard.



Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    10 Most Popular Wedding 'First Dance' Songs
  2. 2
    Psychologists Studied the Most Uptight States in America, and Found a Striking Pattern
  3. 3
    Facebook Post Saves Drowning Teen
  4. 4
    Saturday's front page of the New York Times sports section is simple: LeBron James and transactions
  5. 5
    The 19th-century health scare that told women to worry about "bicycle face"
+ show more