Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Thursday night:
1. It wasn't always pretty, but the Wild improved to 3-2 on its seven-game road trip.
Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise scored goals for the Wild, who allowed the Kings an early lead but rebounded to improve to 7-3-1 when its opponent scores first.
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2. Niederreiter snapped a lengthy goal drought with a first-period goal.
For goal-scorers like Niederreiter, going long stretches without lighting the lamp can wreak havoc on a player's confidence. Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has even admitted as such with Niederreiter, who went goalless in Minnesota's first 14 games this season and its final 13 games last season (including playoffs).
Well, that streak went bye bye 14:23 into the game when Parise unleashed a backhand pass toward the front of the net that deflected in off Niederreiter's blade, tying the game at 1-1.
Video: MIN@LAK: Niederreiter pots Parise's pass for PPG
After a slow start to the season, Niederreiter has picked up his offensive production overall the past handful of games; he now has four points over his past four games.
Niederreiter's goal was also a power-play tally, its seventh man-advantage goal since Oct. 27. The Wild's power play has converted 33.3 percent of its chances since then, tying for the best mark in the NHL during that span.
3. Parise scored his 700th point in the National Hockey League.
Parise continued his early torrid start, giving the Wild a second-period lead with his sixth goal midway through the frame. He's now scored in back-to-back games and briefly tied him with Mikael Granlund for the team lead in that category, until Granlund's late empty netter re-established his edge.
Video: MIN@LAK: Parise gets 700th NHL point on backhand goal
In reaching 700 points, Parise became the fifth Minnesota-born skater and 22nd active NHL player to reach the milestone. He ranks first among active U.S.-born skaters and second among instate players in career goals with 339.