Wild Snaps Kings’ 6-Game Winning Streak, 3-2
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Moulson and Mikko Koivu scored 62 seconds apart in the third period, and Zach Parise connected on a power play for the Minnesota Wild, who rallied for a 3-2 victory Monday night that snapped the Los Angeles Kings’ six-game winning streak.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 18 saves for the Wild. It was the second time in eight games that the Kings lost in regulation when leading after two periods — something that happened only once in their previous 138 contests.
Alec Martinez and Justin Williams scored for Los Angeles, both capitalizing on turnovers by defenseman Jared Spurgeon in his zone. Jonathan Quick stopped 17 shots.
Moulson tied it with 16:06 remaining, using Martinez as a screen and beating Quick for his 22nd goal. Koivu made it 3-2 with his 10th on a one-timer from the top of the left circle.
Williams put the Kings ahead 2-1 at 11:49 of the second with his 19th goal. Spurgeon had the puck behind his net and tried to clear it around the boards, but Willie Mitchell intercepted it and took a shot that struck Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter before Marian Gaborik got control and set up Williams at the left of the crease.
Martinez opened the scoring 6:30 in with his seventh goal in 15 games and 11th overall. The defenseman beat Bryzgalov to the stick side with a wrist shot from the right circle after Spurgeon lost the puck to Anze Kopitar behind the net.
Parise tied it at 3:37 of the second period, 36 seconds into Tanner Pearson’s hooking penalty. Mikael Granlund got the puck in the slot from Koivu for a one-timer that Parise redirected past Quick’s glove.
The Kings were 0 for 2 on the power play, and have gone consecutive games without a power-play goal for the first time since a five-game drought Jan. 21-28.
Minnesota left wing Dany Heatley, struggling through a 12-goal season and currently in a 14-game drought, was a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
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