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Minnesota Wild 1, Los Angeles Kings 1 FINAL OT @NHLdotcom

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Minnesota Wild lead the NHL in ties because of their defense _ not their offense.

Jason Wiemer ended a 24-game goal drought with 2:17 left in the third period and the Wild barely avoided their third shutout in five games, tying the Los Angeles Kings 1-1 on Thursday night.

All-Star goaltender Dwayne Roloson, playing for the first time since his father's death on Feb. 22, made 14 of his 25 saves in the first period. It was the 18th tie for Minnesota, 10 more than last season, and the sixth by a 1-1 score. Seven others have ended 2-2.

The Wild, who have fewer goals than any team except Pittsburgh and Carolina, are 0-4-2 in their last six games. They have nine players with at least 10 goals _ but none with more than 13.

``The last couple of games we played well enough to win, but just haven't been able to score any goals,'' Wiemer said. ``We've had some opportunities lately, but haven't been able to put the puck in the net. Maybe now we can start getting some to go in.''

Wiemer scored his eighth of the season and first since Jan. 7, beating Cristobal Huet to the stick side with one-timer from 10 feet after Pierre-Marc Bouchard passed him the puck from behind the net. All the Kings were in front of the net and no one went after Bouchard, whose assist ended a 13-game point drought.

``He showed good patience with the puck and made a great pass,'' Wiemer said. ``Maybe their guys were a little tired because it was right after a penalty kill and they were on the ice for a long time.''

Luc Robitaille scored late in the first period for Los Angeles and Huet stopped 31 shots, including a breakaway by Marian Gaborik late in the second period. Six of Huet's saves came in overtime.

``We played against a hardworking team, and every time we play them it's almost the same game,'' Huet said.

The Kings' third tie of the season against Minnesota left them eighth in the Western Conference playoff chase, one point behind seventh-place Calgary and four ahead of St. Louis.

``We played like a team that was looking at a team quite a bit below us in the standings. And as soon as you start doing that, you're in trouble,'' Kings coach Andy Murray said. ``You have to give them full marks for their effort level and determination.''

Robitaille scored his 18th goal of the season and the 649th of his career just 62 seconds before the first intermission. He carried the puck out from behind the net and took a wrist shot from the right circle that dribbled between Roloson's skates.

But the highlight of the night came with less than 2{ minutes left in the second period, while Minnesota was killing off a tripping penalty against Willie Mitchell.

Kings defenseman Denis Grebeshkov, playing in his third NHL game, fumbled the puck away inside the Minnesota blue line and fell down as Gaborik took off the other way. He came straight down the slot and shot the puck low into Huet's pads and was denied again on the rebound.

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