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Kings 3, Wild 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

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Kings 3, Wild 2, SO
Los Angeles Kings 3, Minnesota Wild 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.

John Madden and Nick Schultz scored for the Wild. Niklas Backstrom made 32 saves for Minnesota.

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:52
MIN
John Madden (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Clayton Stoner (1)
1 - 0 MIN
07:42
MIN
Nick Schultz (1) Slapshot - ASST: Mikko Koivu (7), Brent Burns (3)
2 - 0 MIN
18:37
LAK
PPG - Jarret Stoll (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jack Johnson (3), Anze Kopitar (5)
2 - 1 MIN
2nd Period
19:42
LAK
PPG - Anze Kopitar (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jack Johnson (4), Justin Williams (5)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDLAKMINTOTAL
1A. Kopitar
M. Koivu
1 - 1
2J. Johnson
M. Cullen
1 - 2
3J. Stoll
M. Zidlicky
2 - 2
4J. Williams
B. Burns
2 - 2
5M. Handzus
A. Miettinen
3 - 2
penalty summary
1st Period
02:07
MIN
Clayton Stoner  Slashing against  Dustin Brown
09:01
LAK
Kevin Westgarth  Slashing against  Brad Staubitz
12:10
MIN
Brent Burns  Interference against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
17:06
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Tripping against  Michal Handzus
19:09
LAK
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Holding against  Nick Schultz
19:18
MIN
Guillaume Latendresse  Hooking against  Anze Kopitar
2nd Period
08:12
LAK
Dustin Brown  Illegal check to head (maj) against  Antti Miettinen
08:12
LAK
Dustin Brown  Game misconduct against  Antti Miettinen
13:22
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Interference against  Michal Handzus
18:40
MIN
Eric Nystrom  Boarding against  Michal Handzus
19:36
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Hooking against  Michal Handzus
3rd Period
00:53
LAK
Jack Johnson  Tripping against  Nick Schultz
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick
5-1-0
SA: 22TOI: 64:55
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 34TOI: 65:00
Saves: 32EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .941SH: 2 - 2
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