Kings Fall 4-3 Against Minnesota - Game Recap
Minnesota needed a shootout to earn a 4-3 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday in NHL action at Xcel Energy Center.
Bettors who backed the Wild were rewarded as +120 underdogs at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go OVER the closing total of 5.
The win was clinched by Mikko Koivu, who beat Jonathan Bernier in a shootout to gain the extra point in the standings for Minnesota. Erik Christensen, Nick Johnson, and Darroll Powe each scored for the Wild in the victory. Powe opened the scoring for Minnesota, finding the back of the net at 0:40 of the first period. The goal was assisted by Nate Prosser and Justin Falk.
Niklas Backstrom turned in a 26-save effort for the Wild.
Brad Richardson (2) and Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, finding the net behind Niklas Backstrom.
Jonathan Bernier stopped 20 of 23 shots for the Kings, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.
Minnesota scored 0 times on 4 chances on the power play, while Los Angeles went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
Minnesota lost the shots on goal battle to Los Angeles by a margin of 29-23.
Minnesota looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Blackhawks. The Kings will aim to get back on the winning track vs Edmonton.