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VISNOVSKY'S OT GOAL GIVES L.A. FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

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FINAL SCORE: LOS ANGELES 3, MINNESOTA 2 OT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Lubomir Visnovsky scored 1:21 into overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings their fifth straight victory, 3-2 over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

Jeremy Roenick and Tom Kostopoulos also scored for the Kings, who have won all five games in the streak by one goal.

Visnovsky took a pass from Derek Armstrong at the blue line, made a couple of strides and beat Manny Fernandez high on the glove side with a slap shot from above the left circle. Visnovsky also scored the winner in Los Angeles' 3-2 home victory over Minnesota on Thursday night.

Trailing 2-0 after Minnesota's Wes Walz scored his second goal of the game 2:53 into the final period, Los Angeles halved the deficit at 7:01 when Roenick beat Fernandez with a fluttering shot from the left circle. The shot came after Stephane Veilleux blocked Tim Gleason's shot, but the puck went right to Roenick.

Kostopoulos tied it 2:01 later when he took a pass from Craig Conroy low in the right circle and beat Fernandez with a one-timer. Kostopoulos has seven points in his last six games.

After managing only 10 shots in the first two periods, the Kings fired 11 shots at Fernandez in the first 12 minutes of the third period.

After a scoreless first period, Walz put Minnesota on the board 12:19 into the second. Walz waited behind the Los Angeles net for about 3 seconds before coming out on the right side and tucking the puck under Mathieu Garon.

Walz, who scored twice and had an assist Sunday in a victory over Colorado, has seven goals and seven assists in his past 10 games.

Walz added his second of the game 2:53 into the third period, scoring on a rebound of Marian Gaborik's shot. The goal came less than 30 seconds after Walz set up Gaborik, who was stopped on a left pad save by Garon.

Los Angeles entered the game in seventh place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Edmonton and three behind fourth-place Nashville. Minnesota, which has won six of nine at home, started the night seven points behind the Oilers.

Notes: Minnesota C Brian Rolston played his 800th career game. ... Los Angeles D Mattias Norstrom played his 700th game as a King, becoming the fifth player to reach the mark. ... A moment of silence was held before the game for former Minnesota Twins star Kirby Puckett, who died Monday. ... Mattias Weinhandl played his first game for Minnesota. He was claimed off waivers from the New York Islanders on Sunday.

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