Postgame notes (March 31)

Some notes from last night’s game…

— The Kings’ four-game road trip got extended a bit, as the Kings lost to the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center.

— Minnesota’s Erik Christensen and Mikko Koivu both beat Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier in the shootout, while Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom stopped Justin Williams and Mike Richards. The Kings are 6-8 in shootout this season.

— With 91 points in 79 games, the Kings are in first place in the Pacific Division, because of the tiebreaker. Phoenix (seventh place in the Western Conference) also has 91 points and 33 regulation/overtime wins, but the Kings hold the second tiebreaker, head-to-head points. San Jose (eighth place) has 90 points and Dallas (ninth place) has 89 points. All four teams have three games remaining.

— The Kings outshot the Wild 29-23, including 8-5 in the second period. The Kings also had 20 shot attempts blocked and had 20 shot attempts miss the net.

— The Kings went 1-for-4 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

— The Kings fell to 18-13-9 on the road, 17-14-13 in one-goal games, 8-22-7 when allowing the first goal and 28-0-4 when leading after the second period.

— Jonathan Bernier stopped 20 of 23 shots in regulation and overtime. Bernier had allowed two or fewer goals in eight of his previous nine starts.

— Brad Richardson scored two goals, to push his season totals to five goals and seven assists. Richardson had gone 25 consecutive games since he scored his last goal, on Dec. 31 vs. Vancouver. It was his first multi-point game of the season.

— Dustin Brown had one goal and two assists, to push his season totals to 21 goals and 31 assists. Brown has two goals and three assists in his last three games. It was Brown’s ninth multi-point game [edited] of the season and his third game with at least three points. Brown had two goals and four assists in four games against Minnesota this season.

— Anze Kopitar had three assists, to push his team-high totals to 47 assists and 72 points. It was Kopitar’s third consecutive multi-point game and his team-high 18th multi-point game of the season. Kopitar has five goals and nine assists in his last 10 games. Kopitar had one goal and six assists in four games against Minnesota this season.

— Mike Richards had one assist, his 24th assist and 41st point of the season.

— Mike Richards recorded a game-high four shots on goal. Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis each were credited with a team-high three hits. Rob Scuderi was credited with a team-high three blocked shots.

— Drew Doughty led the Kings in ice time, at 27 minutes, 14 seconds, followed by Willie Mitchell, at 25:53. Mike Richards led all Kings forwards in ice time, at 21:32, followed by Anze Kopitar, at 21:23.

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