Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Game #59: Kings 2, Wild 1 (SO)

If Chicago sportswriters thought Sunday night's Wild-Blackhawks game was boring, they shoulda got a load of THIS one.

In one of the biggest NHL 'snooze-fests' you'd ever want to see, the Los Angeles Kings played perfect road hockey against the perfect road hockey team -- the Minnesota Wild -- and came away with a 2-1 shootout victory Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center, the final game at home for the Wild before their dreaded 14-of-17 road game marathon, which starts with their next game Friday night at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.

Antti Miettinen was the only Wild player that scored -- both in regulation (shorthanded) and in the shootout -- as the Wild dropped their third game of the season to the Kings, giving LA the season series (one game remains between the two clubs, March 7 at STAPLES Center.)

Niklas Backstrom made 25 saves in regulation and overtime, and Jonathan Quick made 24 for the Kings, who won only their second game in their last 6 as they also continue a marathon road trip, while the US Figure Skating Championships occupy the arena back home.

The Kings did it also without their captain, Dustin Brown, who was back in SoCal for the birth of his second child (a baby boy, Mason).

Next: at Calgary, Friday, Feb 27, 8 PM Central (7 PM Mountain) Time, Pengrowth Saddledome. (TV: FSNorth (including FSWisconsin), Rogers SportsNet West in HD; XM Ch. 207)


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