The Wild Refuse to Give Royalties: Win 3-2

Harry How

The Minnesota Wild used a second consecutive third period comeback to take two points and surrender none to the adversarial Los Angeles Kings.

"I think you want to go about your business the right way; play the right way, play hard. For me, it's kinda leading by example. You need your big players to play well in these games in this type of situation. It's up to us to deliver," Zach Parise said prior to the opening faceoff at Staples Center. The Wild were in Los Angeles to take on the Kings in an effort to stay ahead of the pack for the first wild card spot in the Western Conference. The Wild looked for leadership, and the leaders stepped up to finish off a 3-2 come-from-behind win. Mikko Koivu's game winner midway through the third period was enough as the Wild held off the Kings' late surge.

"It was a big game and we stuck with our game plan, and right now we're just taking it game by game," Matt Moulson said after the game, "When you're making a playoff run, it's important to have your game at that top level when you're going into the playoffs." Moulson scored the game-tying goal from a nice little dish pass from behind the net to Moulson for the equalizer. Parise got the Wild going after he tipped home a Mikael Granlund shot past his fellow Team USA teammate, Jonathon Quick on the power play.

The Wild did not come out of this game unscathed, however. Nino Niederreiter took a punishing hit that caught him looking the other way and ended with him being pancaked between two Kings players. He left the game and did not return. Mikael Granlund also left the game late in the second period as he fell head/face first into an on-coming Jarret Stoll check. The Kings' Jake Muzzin then decided to throw an elbow towards Jason Pominville's head, but all he got up and went on to contribute to Moulson's goal.

It was announced by Craig Custance in the first period that the Wild signed coveted college unrestricted free agent, defenseman Christian Folin, from the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, to a 2-year entry level contract which was confirmed by the team shortly thereafter.

The Wild were able to hold off the Kings' late charge to secure the valuable two points that now places them five points ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes and 6 points ahead of the Dallas Stars. The Wild will now travel to Chicago to take on a banged up Blackhawks team Thursday. Their treacherous stretch schedule continues.

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