|LAK||1||1||0||0||1 (3 - 5)||3|
|MIN||2||0||0||0||0 (2 - 5)||2|
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Michal Handzus scored in the fifth round of a shootout to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.
Anze Kopitar and Jarrett Stoll also scored in the shootout and Kings goalie Jonathan Quick stopped Antti Miettinen shot in the fifth round to secure the victory.
Kopitar had a goal and assist in regulation as Los Angeles won for the fifth time in six games. Stoll added a power-play goal and Quick stopped 20 shots.
Los Angeles's Dustin Brown - the Kings' leading goal scorer - was given a major penalty and a game misconduct after a blow to the head of Wild forward Antti Miettinen in the second period. Miettinen was attempting a shot in the slot when Brown came through, lowering his shoulder and connecting with Miettinen's head and shoulder.
Minnesota put four shots on goal on the ensuing five-minute advantage, but came up empty. After scoring 12 times on their first 27 power-play opportunities this season, the Wild are 0 for 8 in their past two games.
The Kings' penalty killing allowed time for the offense to find its rhythm and the Wild provided Los Angeles plenty of power-play opportunities.
Stoll connected for his third of the season on the power play near the end of first period.
Kopitar scored on a 5-on-3 advantage with 18 seconds remaining in the second.
With less than two minutes remaining in the second, the Kings had an open net as Backstrom tripped after colliding with defenseman Marek Zidlicky. As Ryan Smyth fired the shot, Guillaume Latendresse slid across and managed to deflect Smyth's shot.
However, Los Angeles scored on its next chance. Mikko Koivu was assessed a hooking penalty and Kopitar scored just 6 seconds into the two-man advantage, firing a rebound past Backstrom.
The Kings entered the game just 3 for 27 on the power play this season, but converted two of their seven chances against Minnesota.
NOTES: Los Angeles D Drew Doughty missed his third straight game with an apparent concussion after being put on injured reserve earlier Monday. Doughty - who has been skating at the team's training complex - is eligible to return Thursday, but isn't expected back before Saturday when the Kings return from their current five-game road trip. Rookie D Jake Muzzin was recalled from Los Angeles' AHL affiliate in Manchester. ... Minnesota C Pierre-Marc Bouchard took another step toward his recovery from a concussion by particapating in contact drills during practice. Bouchard took a hit to the head in March 2009 and hasn't played since the opener last season. ... Minnesota D Cam Barker missed his second straight game with a groin injury. Clayton Stoner was in the lineup in place of Barker and recorded his first point of the season with a first-period assist. ... Stoll has six points with three goals in his past six games. Kopitar has seven points in his last seven games.
|John Madden (2) ASST: Clayton Stoner (1)|
1 - 0 MIN
|Nick Schultz (1) ASST: Mikko Koivu (7), Brent Burns (3)|
2 - 0 MIN
|PPG - Jarret Stoll (3) ASST: Jack Johnson (3), Anze Kopitar (5)|
2 - 1 MIN
|PPG - Anze Kopitar (3) ASST: Jack Johnson (4), Justin Williams (5)|
2 - 2 Tie
|1||A. Kopitar||M. Koivu||1 - 1|
|2||J. Johnson||M. Cullen||1 - 2|
|3||J. Stoll||M. Zidlicky||2 - 2|
|4||J. Williams||B. Burns||2 - 2|
|5||M. Handzus||A. Miettinen||3 - 2|
|Clayton Stoner Slashing against Dustin Brown|
|Kevin Westgarth Slashing against Brad Staubitz|
|Brent Burns Interference against Alexei Ponikarovsky|
|Mikko Koivu Tripping against Michal Handzus|
|Alexei Ponikarovsky Holding against Nick Schultz|
|Guillaume Latendresse Hooking against Anze Kopitar|
|Dustin Brown Illegal check to head against Antti Miettinen|
|Dustin Brown Game misconduct against Antti Miettinen|
|Brad Staubitz Interference against Michal Handzus|
|Eric Nystrom Boarding against Michal Handzus|
|Mikko Koivu Hooking against Michal Handzus|
|Jack Johnson Tripping against Nick Schultz|
|SA: 22||TOI: 64:55|
|Saves: 20||EV: 13 - 15|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 7|
|SV%: .909||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 34||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 32||EV: 20 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 10 - 12|
|SV%: .941||SH: 2 - 2|