Kings Top Wild In Overtime
The Los Angeles Kings beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in overtime Monday night at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild falls to 41-24-8 on the season with the loss.
Tanner Pearson gave the Kings a 1-0 lead late in the first period with his 15th goal of the season. Pearson received a behind-the-back pass from Dustin Brown on the faceoff circle and beat Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk to give LA the lead in the locker room.
Jeff Carter scored a power play goal on a deflection at 6:21 of the second period to give the Kings a 2-0 lead. However, the Wild would tie the game before the horn sounded to end the second period.
Zach Parise scored his ninth goal of the season at 12:08 of the second period, sweeping across the slot and flicking a wrister past LA goalie Jonathan Quick to cut the Kings lead in half.
Eric Staal tied the game with an absolute snipe after a home-run pass off the stick of Ryan Suter. Staal's goal was his 39th of the season, just three away from Marian Gaborik's franchise record from the 2005-06 season.
Joel Eriksson-Ek's fourth goal of the season gave the Wild a 3-2 lead at 17:29, but the advantage was short-lived as the Kings tied the game just 1:44 later.
Carter's second goal of the game came at 4:26 of overtime and gave Los Angeles the win and extra point in the standings.
The Wild are off until Saturday when they host the Nashville Predators at Xcel Energy Center. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. on AM 1240 WJON.