Wild snaps Kings' 6-game winning streak

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 1, 2014 at 12:52 am •  Published: April 1, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Minnesota Wild rallied twice from one-goal deficits and pulled out a victory against the Los Angeles Kings, who rarely give up late leads.

Matt Moulson and Mikko Koivu scored 62 seconds apart early in the third period, and Zach Parise connected during a power play for the Wild, who snapped the Kings' six-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Monday night.

"You don't want to be behind, but this shows that we believe in what we're doing," Koivu said. "Even though we were down, we felt we were right there and we were able to create things offensively.

"It was big for our confidence, to get a win over a team like L.A., because they're deep. They have a lot of experience."

Ilya Bryzgalov made 18 saves for the Wild. It was the second time in eight games the Kings lost in regulation after leading following two periods — something that happened only once in 138 games dating to April 4, 2009.

Minnesota won for the seventh time when training after two.

"Keeping the lead in the third period is usually our team's forte," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "But we didn't play very well in the second, and then we had a little collapse in the third. They got two goals really quick, and we couldn't get it back.

"We knew that if we let them back in the game it would be tough to win it."

Alec Martinez and Justin Williams scored for Los Angeles, both capitalizing on turnovers by defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the Minnesota zone. Jonathan Quick stopped 17 shots.

"We've had a tendency this last week or so to give up leads in the third period, and that's very uncharacteristic of us," Williams said. "We need to rectify that in these last five or six games, because we're a team that shuts it down once we get the lead."

The Kings were 0 for 2 on the power play and have gone consecutive games without a power-play goal for the first time since a five-game drought Jan. 21-28. Minnesota is 19-9-4 when they are short-handed fewer than three times in a game.

The Wild came in with the NHL's fourth worst penalty-killing percentage, but are averaging the sixth fewest penalty minutes.

"It's important whenever you can limit power plays," Moulson said. "There are a lot of skilled guys in this league that can hurt you on the power play if they get a bunch of chances."

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