C Mikko Koivu scored his 12th career shootout-winning goal to lead Minnesota to a 4-3, comeback victory versus Los Angeles Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. C Matt Cullen and LW Zach Parise also scored in the shootout for Minnesota. G Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves through overtime and 1-of-2 shots faced in the shootout to earn his eighth straight win – a career high. The Wild returns to the ice Monday when it hosts St. Louis at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3.
Minnesota moved to 10-2-0 in its last 12 games, 15-5-0 in its last 20 contests overall. The Wild is now 13-3-1 at home this season, having won its last four home games with and 9-1-1 mark in the last 11. Tonight’s attendance of 19,223 was the Wild’s 13th-straight sellout at Xcel Energy Center and 15th of the season.
G Niklas Backstrom made 28 saves through overtime and stopped 1-of-2 shots in the shootout to earn his eighth straight win – a new career high. He now leads the NHL with 19 victories this season. He’s started 17 of the Wild’s last 19 games and moved to 16-3-1 in his last 20 games. He moved to 11-3-1 at home, including 8-1-1 since Feb. 7.
C Mikko Koivu netted the shootout winner and tallied two assists to stretch his point streak to seven games (3-8=11) – tying D Ryan Suter for longest Wild point streak this season (1-8=9, 2/26-3/10). He scored in the shootout to move to 3-for-5 this season and 30-for-69 in his career. It was his team-leading 11th multi-point game this season and he is now a +11 in his last 10 games. Koivu leads Minnesota with 33 points (9-24-33) this season, including 19 points (6-13=19) in March, a career-best for a single month. He is a +11 over his last 10 games. Minnesota moved to 8-1-2 when the Wild Captain records two or more points this season.
LW Zach Parise scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season and added an assist for his seventh multi-point game of the year. He scored in the shootout, moving to 3-for-5 this season and 32-of-68 in his career. He now has eight points (4-4=8) in his last six games and 15 points (7-8=15) in his last 12 contests. He now has a +13 rating in his last 11 games. Minnesota is 5-1-1 when he totals at least two points this season.
C Matt Cullen scored in the shootout to move to 3-for-3 in shootout attempts this season and 22-for-50 in his career. He scored the Wild’s first goal to extend his point streak to four games (3-2=5), and has now tallied at least one point in 10 of his last 11 games. He has 16 points (4-12=16) in his last 16 games and is fourth on the Wild with 25 points (7-18=25) in 34 games this season. He has 22 points (7-15=22) in 40 career games against the Kings.
D Ryan Suter tallied his team-leading 25th assist of the year and now has a point in 13 of his last 17 games, with 19 points (3-16=19) in that span. He ranks third on the Wild with 28 points this season and is now tied with Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang for most assists and points by an NHL defenseman this season. He was a +2 tonight, as the Wild moved to 11-0-1 this year when Suter skates to a +1 or better.
The Wild moved to 11-4-0 in March, tying a franchise mark for most wins in a single month (Nov. 2011, 11-4-0). It was just the fourth time in franchise history the team has totaled at least 10 wins in a single month.
The Wild moved to 4-1 in shootouts this season, 7-2 in all overtime and shootout contests this year. Minnesota took part in its first shootout since Matt Cullen secured a 2-1 win vs. Nashville on March 9. Los Angeles moved to 1-2 in shootouts this year.
The Wild rallied for a victory after trailing by two goals for the second time this season, previously topping Detroit 3-2 on Feb. 17. Minnesota moved to 2-6-1 when trailing after two periods, while the Kings fell to 13-1-2 when leading after two.
RW Devin Setoguchi tallied an assist, for two points (1-1=2) in his last two games and 10 points (7-3=10) in his last 10 games. He is +13 in his last 20 games, skating to an even or better rating in all but one contest.
D Brett Clark skated in his first game with the Wild since being signed as a free agent on March 13. Tonight marked his 682nd career NHL game and his first contest since April 7, 2012 at Winnipeg.
The Wild moved to 6-0-0 while wearing its green jerseys this season.
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