C Erik Christensen
tied the game midway through the third and notched his 13th career deciding shootout tally, and LW Jason Zucker
had two assists in his second NHL game, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in front of a sellout crowd of 18,209 at Xcel Energy Center. D Justin Falk
tied his career-high with two assists, RW Nick Johnson
and C Darroll Powe
each scored a goal and G Niklas Backstrom
made 26 saves plus two in the shootout for Minnesota, which has won four of five at home. The Wild begins a two-game road trip Sunday at 6 p.m. in Chicago.
C Erik Christensen
scored his second game-tying goal in the third period in the last two games and recorded his first assist in 25 games with the Wild. He has seven points (6-1=7) in the last 10 games. Four of Christensen’s six goals have come in the third period, and three of his six have tied the game. He is now 5-for-9 in shootouts this season and 28-for-52 in his career, with 13 career shootout deciding goals.
LW Jason Zucker
had two assists and was plus-two in his second NHL game. Thursday, he became the team-record 45th player for Minnesota this season, and 14th rookie. He’s the eighth player to make his NHL debut for the Wild this season.
RW Nick Johnson
scored his eighth goal of the season – second in the last 30 games. Johnson has four points (2-2=4) and is a plus-four in his last eight games.
C Darroll Powe
netted his sixth goal of the season – second in six games.
D Justin Falk
tied his career-high with two assists. He first accomplished it Jan. 10 against San Jose.
RW Cal Clutterbuck
skated in his 300th NHL game – all with Minnesota.
D Tom Gilbert
played in his 400th NHL game. Gilbert skated 31:43 – the second-highest total of his career (32:13 is the most). The third-highest was 31:36, also this season for Minnesota, at Phoenix on March 8. Three of his top five ice time games have come since being acquired from Edmonton just more than a month ago.
The Wild scored two goals in a first period at home for the first time since Jan. 31 versus Nashville.
Kings RW Brad Richardson posted his third career multiple-goal game – first since a hat trick Oct. 23, 2010, at Colorado.
The Wild is 9-8 in shootouts, while the Kings are 6-8. Minnesota is 21-9-10 in one-goal games, while LA is 17-14-13.
Minnesota is 6-25-3 when trailing after two. Los Angeles is 28-0-4 when leading after two, losing just its fourth point of the season when holding a lead after 40 minutes.