The game started off on a weird note, with Torrey Mitchell being a last minute scratch and Nate Prosser filling in for him on the RW side. Wild went on the PK 7 minutes in due to Clayton Stoner holding Mike Richards. Dustin Brown scores on the PP making the score 1-0 Kings. The kings took over the momentum halfway through the 1st and the Wild really need some good plays to swing it their way. Pierre-Marc Bouchard obliged, creating a turnover that allowed him, Devin Setoguchi and Matt Cullen to rush into the offensive zone. After a lovely tic-tac-toe pass from PMB to Seto and then to Cullen, Cullen was able to score a beautiful top shelf goal on Jonathan Quick.
Clutterbuck took a penalty for finishing his check shortly after the Wild's PP expired, which led to the Kings second PPG by Jeff Carter. The beginning of the second had the Wild looking very tired. Through 8 minutes in the period the Wild had one SOG to the Kings 7. Stoner made a boneheaded play, holding on the puck for too long, than high sticking Williams after his shot got blocked, which lead to a breakaway for Williams and the Kings 3rd goal. Towards the end of the period, Mikko Koivu had some sick stick work and puck protection that allowed him to slide the puck to Charlie Coyle who managed to score from his knees and cut the Kings lead down to one. Zach Parise pulled a penalty after being tripped by Quick, but the Wild weren't able to convert and went to the locker room down by one at the end of the 2nd period.
Seteguchi almost scored 5 minutes into the third with a great move to get around two Kings players, but ran out of space to make a really good shot and Quick was able to cover it. Jordon Nolan makes a pretty big mistake in staying too close to Niklas Backstrom and tripping himself, while falling on Backstrom in the process. This gave the Wild their 3rd PP chance of the game. There were a ton of chances, and what looked very close to goal before Cullen got tripped up and pulled another penalty for a 5 on 3 for 59 seconds. This PP did not look great, as the Kings managed to clear the zone 3 times, but just as the 1st penalty expired Parise netted a goal on a great cross ice pass from Koivu to tie the game at 3. After a couple great chances for both teams (thanks post for not putting the Kings up) the game went to OT.
There were a lot of close calls for the Wild, and Heatley was unable to control the puck and send the Kings packing in OT on their best chance. But, as they have been all season, the SO trio of Parise, Koivu and Cullen netted 3 beautiful goals, while Backstrom only let in one goal. Final score, Wild 4, Kings 3.
1.) Last night was a rough night for the Wild. Do they bounce back to show the fans and critics alike that they are the real deal? Would have been nice to get the win in regulation, but I think everyone will take the 2pts and walk away with a smile
2.) It looks like Clark will make his debut with the Wild. Improvement, or massive improvement over Falk? Pretty decent improvement. It will be interesting to see how he plays after having a few games under his belt
3.) How does Backstrom look after his much deserved night off? A little shaky, but he pulled it out when he needed too
4.) In order to best the Kings, the Wild need to be tough on the forecheck. Can they keep the Kings on their heels? Not to shabby, but they need to continue to improve on it
5.) Can the blue line keep it together outside of the top pairing? For the most part, the blue was bearable. I only wanted to throw my remote at the tv once during a Spurgeon/Stoner shift
Final stats for the game