Game 79: Wild 4, Kings 3 (FINAL, SO) - LA Kings Insider

At Xcel Energy Center, how much energy will the Kings have tonight? The Kings take on the Minnesota Wild, with all the action on Fox Sports West and on 1150-AM and affiliates, with all the game updates here as well…

Wild: Christensen, GOAL.
Kings: Williams, save.

Wild: Koivu, GOAL.
Kings: Richards, save.

In goal: It’s still Bernier vs. Backstrom.
Penalty shot missed: The Wild had a chance to win the game with an overtime penalty shot, after Alec Martinez took down Devin Setoguchi on a breakaway, but Setoguchi hit the post with his penalty-shot attempt.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Wild 5-2 in overtime. The Kings outshot the Wild 29-23 in the game.

In goal: It’s still Bernier vs. Backstrom.
Kings 3, Wild 3: Minnesota tied the game with 9:03 remaining in the period. Jason Zucker’s shot deflected off the stick of Slava Voynov and fluttered toward the net. The puck deflected off the skate of Erik Christensen and into the net. Justin Falk also picked up an assist.
End of period: Shots were 7-7 in the period. The Kings went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. The Kings will be on the power play for the first 1:38 of overtime.

In goal: It’s still Bernier vs. Backstrom.
Kings 3, Wild 2: Brad Richardson’s second goal of the game, 57 seconds into the second period, gave the Kings the lead. Anze Kopitar’s shot got deflected wide and behind the Minnesota net. Richardson chased down the puck and scored on a wraparound before Backstrom could slide across. Kopitar recorded his third assist of the game and Dustin Brown also picked up an assist for his third point.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Wild 8-5 in the period. The Kings went 0-for-1 on the power play and did not face a penalty kill.

Officials: Dave Jackson, Brad Meier (referees); Mike Cvik, Scott Cherrey (linesmen).
Lineups: Jeff Carter, Davis Drewiske and Kevin Westgarth are the Kings’ scratches.
In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Bernier against the Wild’s Niklas Backstrom.
Wild 1, Kings 0: Minnesota took the lead just 40 seconds into the game. After a faceoff win in the Kings’ zone, Nate Prosser took a slap shot from the left point. Darroll Powe found a bit of open ice in the slot and deflected the shot past Bernier. Justin Falk also picked up an assist.
Kings 1, Wild 1: The Kings tied the game, briefly, at the 3:28 mark. Slava Voynov made a nice play to keep the puck in the Minnesota zone at the blue line. Anze Kopitar then shot from the left circle. Dustin Brown whacked at the rebound, and the puck came free as Brad Richardson crashed the net and scored.
Wild 2, Kings 1: Minnesota regained the lead just 17 seconds after Richardson’s goal. As Jason Zucker and Matt Greene battled for the puck, they ran into Bernier. The puck stayed free, and Nick Johnson skated in and knocked it into the net. Zucker and Erik Christensen picked up assists at the 3:45 mark.
Kings 2, Wild 2: The Kings tied the game with a power-play goal with 4:29 remaining in the period. Mike Richards took a medium-range shot and Backstrom made the save but left a rebound in front. Dustin Brown was there and knocked the puck past Backstrom from close range. Anze Kopitar also picked up an assist.
End of period: Shots were 9-9 in the period. The Kings went 1-for-2 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.