Game 46: Kings Lose 2-1, fall to 26-15-5
ST. PAUL, Minn. – After allowing two goals in the span of 16 seconds, the Los Angeles Kings just could not recover on Tuesday night falling to the Minnesota Wild by a score of 2-1 and in the process, losing the season series by the same score.
Early on, Los Angeles had their chances but couldn’t quite get much through. There wasn’t any scoring until Minnesota rookie Charlie Coyle opened the scoring with his eighth at the 16:21 mark of the first. That was quickly followed by a Cal Clutterbuck snap shot on the very next play. Clutterbuck’s fourth gave the Wild all of the momentum heading into the second.
The middle frame was more evenly contested as the Wild outshot the Kings 9-6 and the only goal came with just a second remaining in the period as Jeff Carter added to his team-lead in goals with 26 giving his team plenty to shoot for in the third (no pun intended).
In the third, the Kings came out swinging. They outshot the Wild 12-3 and it certainly helped that Jonathan Bernier quickly redeemed himself after surrendering those two quick goals in the first. A few timely saves here and there (23 saves total) was the reason why the Kings were in the game for the entire evening.
Unfortunately, Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom was one better as he stopped 22 of 23 shots to give his team a much-needed win and give them some breathing room entering the final few days of the regular season.
This game was also a tame one. Aside from first period penalties given to Mikko Koivu and Jordan Nolan, no other infractions were assessed for the remainder of the evening.
While the Kings loss, however, they find themselves barely hanging on to the fourth-seed in the West thanks to wins by San Jose and St. Louis who are tied and one point behind Los Angeles respectively.
There’s no time to dwell though as the Kings are right back to work on Wednesday night when they travel to the Motor City to face off against the Detroit Red Wings in their final road game of the season.