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Kings rally for overtime win against Wild, move into third in Pacific

Carter's second goal of game completes rally after Brown ties it late in third

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Los Angeles Kings moved into third place in the Pacific Division with a 4-3 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Monday.

Jeff Carter, who had two goals, scored with 34 seconds remaining in overtime to push the Kings past the Anaheim Ducks for third in the division. The Kings and Ducks each have 86 points, but Los Angeles has five more regulation/overtime wins.   

Dustin Brown tied the game 3-3 for the Kings (40-27-6) at 19:13 of the third period when he redirected Drew Doughty's shot from the right point. Doughty had three assists and Jonathan Quick made 24 saves for Los Angeles, which is 7-3-1 in the past 11 games. 


[WATCH: All Kings vs. Wild highlights]


"To come back, that's a huge two points for a team that we're quite honestly fighting with for position in the [Western] Conference," Kings coach John Stevens said. "[The game] had its ebbs and flows for sure, but I thought the guys showed a lot of professionalism in terms of staying with it. [They] knew there was still time on the clock, [they] wanted to play a full 60 minutes and making sure they took advantage of time left on the clock, so credit to the leaders on hockey team in not hanging their heads in that situation."

Joel Eriksson Ek gave the Wild a 3-2 lead at 17:29 of the third. Minnesota (41-24-8) has a four-point lead on the Colorado Avalanche for third place in the Central Division. Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves. 

Eric Staal tied the game 2-2 at 19:04 of the second period with his 39th goal of the season, the most since he scored 40 with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2008-09. His 39 goals are the second-most by a Wild player in their history, three away from Marian Gaborik's 42 (2007-08).

Video: LAK@MIN: Staal goes top shelf to even the score

Zach Parise made it 2-1 at 12:08 of the second, cutting across the middle and shooting a wrist shot to the corner.

Brown went behind his back for the no-look pass to Tanner Pearson in the slot for a 1-0 lead at 18:47 of the first period.

Carter tipped a shot past Dubnyk for a power-play goal at 6:21 of the second to give Los Angeles a 2-0 lead.

"[The Kings are] desperate. They need points, so do we," Staal said. "But when you have that lead with a minute left, you want to be able to execute and get that job done. Tonight, we didn't and they got the extra one in overtime."


Goal of the game

Carter's goal at 4:26 of overtime.

Video: LAK@MIN: Carter goes top shelf for overtime winner


Save of the game

Quick's save against Parise at 17:59 of the third period.

Video: LAK@MIN: Quick flashes the leather on Parise


Highlight of the game

Brown's goal at 19:13 of the third period.

Video: LAK@MIN: Brown deflects in shot to tie the game late


They said it

"It was a big win. We probably didn't have our best effort. We played good at times and played pretty bad at times too. We came out with the win. At this time of year, it doesn't really matter how you do it. You've just got to win." -- Kings defenseman Drew Doughty


"We drew it up exactly how they pulled it off. That's what coaches always say, right?" -- Kings coach John Stevens on timeout prior to Dustin Brown's tying goal


"Every point you get right now is great. To get into the next category, the 90 points, is really big. Again we had the lead with a minute to go, and then we didn't do the right things in the overtime. … I've got to believe every team we're playing is fighting for a playoff space, so I've got to believe [games are] going to be like [tonight]." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau 


Need to know

Kings forward Trevor Lewis left the game in the first period because of an upper-body injury. Stevens did not have an update afterwards. … Parise has nine points (six goals, three assists) in the past 13 games. … Wild defenseman Ryan Suter had an assist and tied his NHL career-high 43 (2015-16). … Staal is tied for the fourth-most goals in the NHL with Vegas Golden Knights forward William Karlsson and trails Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine (43), Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (43) and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (40).


What's next

Kings: At the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Wild: Host the Nashville Predators on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N+, FS-TN, NHL.TV)


Video: Carter propels Kings to 4-3 OT win with two goals

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