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Parise scores 700th NHL point in Wild victory against Kings

Dubnyk makes 27 saves for Minnesota, which has won eight of 10

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Zach Parise scored his 700th NHL point to help the Minnesota Wild defeat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 at Staples Center on Thursday.

Parise had a goal and an assist, and Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund scored for the Wild (9-4-2), who have won eight of 10.  

"It's always nice to hit milestones," said Parise, who has 700 points in 887 NHL games. "It is rewarding when you put in the hard work for it and then you get the results. It's a good number to hit."

 

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Mikko Koivu had three assists, giving him five in his past two games. Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves for his sixth win in his past eight starts (6-2-0). 

Video: MIN@LAK: Parise gets 700th NHL point on backhand goal

Jake Muzzin scored, and Jack Campbell made 21 saves for the Kings (5-9-1), who had won two in a row.  

Parise put Minnesota ahead 2-1 at 14:42 of the second period with his 339th NHL goal, most among active American-born players. 

Parise is the fifth player born in Minnesota to reach the milestone, joining Phil Housley (1,232), Neal Broten (923), Dave Christian (773) and Matt Cullen (714). 

The Kings went on a power play with 1:54 remaining in the third period when Marcus Foligno caught Dion Phaneuf with a high stick. Campbell came off for an extra attacker with 1:15 remaining, but Granlund scored shorthanded at 19:57 to make it 3-1. 

"I thought we were pretty smart with our puck management with the dangerous players that they have," Parise said. "But we did a good job holding on, getting the puck out of our zone and not turning it over."   

The Wild tied it at 1-1 when Niederreiter scored on the power play at 14:23 of the first period. It was the first goal for Niederreiter, ending a 22-game drought in the regular season dating back to March 24, 2018. 

Parise found Niederreiter in the paint for a tap-in. Niederreiter was visibly relieved, letting out a yell as he was surrounded by his teammates, and Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said the forward's play improved immediately after scoring.  

"Right after that he looked a lot faster for the rest of the game," Boudreau said. "It's obviously weighing on your mind when you're a scorer and you haven't scored in a long time."

Muzzin put the Kings in front 1-0 at 4:42 with his first goal of the season, a wrist shot from the left circle.

Alec Martinez had the assist, giving him three in the past two games. 

The Kings had 14 shots in the first period and a total of 14 over the final two periods.

"I don't think we played enough, obviously, in their zone," Kings center Anze Kopitar said. "Maybe they came out a little slower in the first period and then played better as the game progressed. I thought we played a decent game but we need to capitalize on the chances." 

Video: MIN@LAK: Niederreiter pots Parise's pass for PPG

 

They said it

"Nino gets goals around the net. When he's playing well he's around the crease, he's getting rebounds, he's getting goals like that. For whatever reason, sometimes when you're not scoring you drift away from the net, and I think that was the case with him." -- Wild forward Zack Parise on Nino Niederreiter

 

"I definitely think we passed up some chances to shoot. If we put it to the net maybe we could have gotten some traffic and some rebounds, but we had our chances to win tonight and did not capitalize on the power plays." -- Kings coach Willie Desjardins

 

Need to know

The Kings held a moment of silence prior to the game to remember the 12 people killed in a mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California on Wednesday. … Granlund has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his past 12 games. … The Wild have scored a power-play goal in five of their past six games. Minnesota is 7-for-23 in that span. … The Kings went 0-for-3 on the power play, ending a streak of four straight games with a power-play goal. Los Angeles had scored a power-play goal in six consecutive home games. … The Kings announced an end to their home sellout streak after 297 games, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, dating back to Dec. 1, 2011.  

 

What's next

Wild: At the Anaheim Ducks on Friday (10 p.m. ET; SN, PRIME, FS-N, NHL.TV)

Kings: Host the Calgary Flames on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, SN360, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Video: Parise, Dubnyk lead Wild to 3-1 victory against Kings

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