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Kuemper, Wild Shut Out LA Kings to Snap Five-Game Losing Skid

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Game 46; 29-14-3

LOS ANGELES — They were hosting a desperate team who had lost five-in-a-row and, as the adage goes, Desperate times call for desperate measures and the Minnesota Wild were able to shut the Los Angeles Kings down, shutting them out by a 3-0 count. The loss snaps the Kings’ two-game winning streak.

It started out with a scoreless first period but it was the Kings who had the momentum in that frame, outshooting Minnesota by a 12-8 margin.

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Photo credit: Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images

It was the Wild who got things started, though, as Zach Parise scored his 17th — a power play goal — 3:12 into the second to make it 1-0. The Wild then proceeded to play a solid defensive game against the silver-and-black for much of the period but were pressured late. However, Minnesota got a break in the final seconds as Charlie Coyle was sent in on a breakaway, making no mistake as he beat Jonathan Quick for his 11th to deflate STAPLES Center. Erik Haula then scored a shorthanded goal in the third to put Minnesota up by three and that was it for the home team as they just could not solve netminder Darcy Kuemper or the Wild defense. For Kuemper, it was his first shutout of the season and the sixth of his career.

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Photo credit: Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images

For the birthday boys, they didn’t have memorable nights, although of no fault of theirs. Jonathan Quick was good despite the loss while Brayden McNabb dished out three hits. Quick falls to 48-53-7 lifetime against the Central Division, the only division he has a losing record against.

It was a special night for a former King. Jarret Stoll, who spent seven seasons with the silver-and-black, received a video tribute and a nice ovation from the hometown fans. Stoll finished the night logging 12:08 of ice time, registering one shot and two hits.

This is just the second time this season where the Kings have been shut out and the first time on home ice. So, not the most inspiring effort but the silver-and-black will look to bounce back this week when they hit the road for back-to-back contests. It begins on Saturday at Arizona.

About Ryan Cowley

Ryan Cowley has been writing about the Los Angeles Kings since 2009, beginning as the head writer and editor of Make Way for the Kings since its inception. Until the summer of 2015, Make Way was run by the FanvsFan Network (www.makewayforthekings.com) but has since become independent at its new address: www.makewayforthekings.net Ryan is an NHL-accredited writer who has covered such events as the Stanley Cup Final and Stadium Series. He is also a graduate of Comedy Writing & Performance from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

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