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Postgame Hat Trick: Kings 4, Wild 3 (OT)

Late power-play goal gives Wild a point in Los Angeles

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

Wild fall in OT, 4-3

MIN Recap: Parise's late goal not enough in 4-3 loss

Zach Parise scored late in the 3rd to tie the game, but the Wild couldn't complete the comeback in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Kings

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Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-3 overtime loss against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon:

1. Facing a must-score power play with just over a minute left in regulation, Zach Parise came up huge.

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was called for tripping with more than two minutes left on the clock, but Minnesota controlled the puck (and nearly scored) for 40 seconds before the Kings gained control.

A timeout and a pulled goaltender later, the Wild were skating 6-on-4. After losing the draw, Minnesota retrieved the puck behind Kuemper and went about entering the offensive zone. It did, and after Eric Staal gained control behind the net, he popped a pretty pass in front to Parise, who jammed away at his own rebound, tying the score with 42.8 seconds remaining to get Minnesota to overtime.

Video: MIN@LAK: Parise tallies late equalizer with PPG

"We fought back and every point is a good point, there's no doubt," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "I just don't like the trends that are happening in the last six games, and if we want to be a legitimate, good team, we've gotta crack these things."

The third time was the charm for the Wild, who had been blanked on two previous third-period power play chances.

Video: Zach Parise Postgame at Los Angeles

"We didn't get much going on those ones before. It felt like the puck was on the wall a lot and we couldn't get it off," Parise said. "Then we finally got a little set up there with the extra attacker and a pretty fortunate bounce off their D-man with an open net. Silver lining, I guess, it's good we got that point, but it was a tough game."

2. Minnesota (24-9-5) couldn't have asked for a better start, getting a pair of early goals to grab a quick 2-0 lead.

Mikko Koivu got the Wild on the board just 3:12 into the game when he grabbed a turnover in the neutral zone, entered the offensive end and fired a shot through the legs of Kings goaltender Peter Budaj for a 1-0 lead.

Video: MIN@LAK: Koivu lights the lamp with a quick snap shot

The goal extended Koivu's point streak to four games, giving him three goals and three assists over that span. Koivu now has nine points over his past six games, including four goals.

Just over four minutes later, Charlie Coyle banged home a loose puck sitting just on top of the crease for his ninth point in his past six games. The goal, his 13th, put Coyle in a tie with Eric Staal for the team lead.

Video: MIN@LAK: Coyle hammers rebound five-hole on Budaj

"Two goals off the bat, we gotta stay on the pedal there," Coyle said. "Maybe it's a different story if we do that."

Video: Charlie Coyle Postgame at Los Angeles

3. Following Coyle's goal, Los Angeles (20-16-4) used its timeout to slow things down. The decision worked beautifully.

Minnesota was all over Los Angeles during the first few minutes of the game, scoring twice and hounding pucks in the offensive zone. After the Wild went ahead by two, veteran Kings bench boss Darryl Sutter made the decision to burn his timeout with more than 52 minutes remaining in the game.

Whatever Sutter said, it worked, as the tenor of the game changed completely after that.

Video: Bruce Boudreau Postgame at Los Angeles

"We stopped playing after they called the timeout," Boudreau said. "They got a little better, but we just sort of said, 'Hey, let's defend the lead.' And for the next 32 minutes, we were in our zone."

After getting to the first intermission up by two goals, the Wild struggled to control the puck for stretches in the second, surrendered 16 shots on goal and saw Los Angeles score twice in a span of less than four minutes to tie the game at 2-2.

Video: Darcy Kuemper Postgame at Los Angeles

"I felt like after [their] first goal, you really noticed a difference," Parise said. "They probably started feling pretty good. They came at us and made it really hard for us. They're a big, physical team and they had the puck a lot on the wall and they wear you down after a while."

Seven seconds into the third, Jared Spurgeon was called for a cross-check, and Jake Muzzin gave the Kings their first lead 49 seconds after that, putting the Wild behind the 8-ball.

BONUS TAKEAWAY: The point assured the Wild will have its best first half in franchise history.

Minnesota has 53 points through 38 games, one better than the 52 it had through 41 games last season.

The Wild's overtime loss secured the best points percentage in the division through January 10 for the club, meaning Boudreau will coach the Central Division team at the All-Star Game here in Los Angeles later this month. It will be Boudreau's first time coaching in the All-Star Game and the first time a Wild head coach will lead an All-Star team.


Loose Pucks

• Minnesota extended its point streak against Los Angeles to six games (4-0-2).

• The Wild saw its seven-game road winning streak snapped, but pushed its point streak away from home to nine games, second-longest in team history.

• Goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 32 saves for Minnesota.

Jason Pominville assisted on Koivu's goal and has two assists over his past four games.

Kurtis Gabriel had five hits in the first period, establishing a new career high. The Wild is 9-0-2 when Gabriel is in the lineup this season.

• Staal now has 16 points in his past 12 games and is tied for third-most in the NHL with 13 points since Dec. 11.

• Attendance: 18,230


He Said It

"We just got away from our game. Our first goal, we're just throwing pucks on net, going to the net and goals go in and then we kind of got away from it for some reason." -- Wild forward Charlie Coyle


They Said It

"I'm not sure we [made any adjustments in the second period]. I think if there was an adjustment, we didn't give them any shots, because just about anything they had in the first, they scored on." -- Kings coach Darryl Sutter


Three Stars

* Jeff Carter

** Drew Doughty

*** Mikko Koivu

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