RW Martin Havlat tallied the third-period game-winner on the power play and added an assist, and C Mikko Koivu
posted two helpers to set new career-highs in assists and points, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in front of 18,284 at Xcel Energy Center. G Niklas Backstrom
made 29 saves and D Brent Burns and RW Owen Nolan scored a goal apiece for the Wild, which hosts Chicago on Wednesday.
C Mikko Koivu
registered two assists to give him 48 assists and 68 points – both new career-highs. Koivu totaled 67 points (20-47=67) in 2008-09. The Wild is 15-4-0 when Koivu has two or more points this season. Koivu is tied with Andrew Brunette (48 assists in 2001-02) for the second-most by a Wild player in a single season. Pierre-Marc Bouchard
had a team-record 50 in 2007-08. Koivu’s 68 points this season are also the fourth-most by a Wild player in one season. Brunette is third with 69, in 2001-02.
RW Martin Havlat scored a goal and added an assist. He has four points (2-2=4) in his last three games. Havlat notched his 18th goal.
RW Owen Nolan posted a goal for the second straight game, and moved into a tie for 98th place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list with 885 points (422-463=885) in 1,197 games. Nolan’s goal was his 155th PPG – one behind Mike Modano for fifth place on the NHL’s active list.
D Brent Burns scored his third goal of the season – first in 29 games since Oct. 28. Burns has four points (1-3=4) in five games since missing six due to injury, and he has a point in six of his last seven games played overall (1-5=6).
G Niklas Backstrom
made 29 saves and has won back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 14-March 3.
D Nick Schultz posted his 17th assist and 18th point, both career-highs.
The Wild went 2-for-3 on the power play and has a PPG in five straight games for the first time since the final five games of the 2007-08 season (March 26-April 6). Minnesota scored a PPG in its first four games this season. The Wild scored two PPG in a game for the first time since going 4-for-7 versus Vancouver on Feb. 14. Minnesota also killed off a two-minute, 5-on-3 early in the third period, just prior to Havlat’s game-winner.
Minnesota improved to 2-6-0 in its last eight against the Kings, and snapped a three-game home losing streak versus Los Angeles.
The Wild is 25-10-3 at home – tied for the second-most home wins in a single season. Minnesota went 29-7-5 in 2006-07.
Minnesota is 16-3-5 in regular season home games in March and April in the last two-plus seasons.