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.
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.
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.