Defenseman Brent Burns(notes) scored a power-play goal 2:50 into overtime, Mikko Koivu(notes) and Cal Clutterbuck(notes) both had goals after stick-handling blunders by goalie Jonathan Quick(notes), and the Wild beat the Kings 3-2 on Saturday night.
“It was a gutsy performance by the guys,” said Wild coach Todd Richards, whose team killed off eight power plays. “We took too many penalties and made it difficult on ourselves. But Theo made some big saves at some very key times, and obviously we benefited from some obvious miscues from their goaltender.”
After Drew Doughty(notes) was whistled for interference at 1:11 of overtime, the Wild capitalized with their third power-play goal in 37 chances over 12 games. Former Kings center Patrick O’Sullivan(notes) had the puck at the right of the net and fed it to Burns, who beat Quick with a one-timer from the slot for his eighth goal.
It was just the second allowed by the Kings at home in 51 short-handed situations.
“It’s nice to get a power play goal against this team since they’d only allowed one at home,” Burns said after his franchise-record fifth overtime goal. “We killed a lot of penalties. It was a gutsy effort by everybody, with everyone blocking shots. That makes it more fun.”
Minnesota’s Martin Havlat(notes) was sent off for high-sticking Michal Handzus(notes) with 6 seconds left in the second period, and the Kings tied it on the ensuing power play at 1:09 of the third when Kopitar set up Ryan Smyth(notes) at the left of the crease with a perfect pass from the right circle.
The Kings had a great chance to take the lead after Minnesota’s Antti Miettinen(notes) got a double-minor for cutting Brown above the lip with a high stick with 8:04 left in regulation, but failed to record a shot during the power play. They had only one the rest of the third period.
Los Angeles appeared to have scored just 17 seconds after the opening faceoff when Doughty’s slap shot from the right point caromed in off the skate of defenseman Nick Schultz(notes). Referee Don Van Massenhoven waved off the goal, ruling that Brown interfered with Theodore in the crease. No penalty was assessed.
Koivu knocked the puck away from Doughty near the red line and they chased it into the Kings’ zone. Quick skated about 15 feet from his crease to intercept the puck and cleared it to his right, but Koivu anticipated perfectly and scored his sixth goal into a wide-open net.
Brown tied it at 9:25 of the second period on a rebound after Theodore stopped Kopitar’s wrist shot from the slot. But Minnesota regained the lead 9 seconds later with another gift-wrapped goal.
Cam Barker(notes) sent the puck behind the net, and Quick went to retrieve it, but fumbled it. Clutterbuck grabbed it away from him and tucked his eighth goal inside the right post before Quick could scramble back to the crease.
“I feel a big responsibility for the loss,” Quick said. “It’s extremely unfortunate. We outplayed them for the majority of that game. But everyone makes mistakes. It’s part of the game. It’s unfortunate that two of them came in back-to-back periods, and one of them was on our power play. I’ve just got to be better. You can’t make those mistakes.”
Kopitar, who scored the winning goal in each of the Kings’ previous three games, nearly tied it during a power play with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the second—but hit the post.
NOTES: The Kings’ loss left the Florida Panthers as the only team this season that hasn’t lost in overtime or a shootout. … Kings C Brad Richardson(notes) was scratched because of an undisclosed upper body injury that occurred Thursday night in a 2-1 win over Calgary. … Minnesota played without Matt Cullen(notes) (groin) and John Madden(notes) (upper body injury). C Warren Peters(notes) played his first game for Minnesota after being recalled from AHL Houston of the AHL.