How high was everyone feeling after the first two games of the season? The Wild have managed only two goals in the Southern California road trip after putting a combined 69 shots on goal between the two games.
Now how low is everyone feeling? Talk about crashing, right?
Mike Yeo looked to tinker with the power play units entering the game looking to kick-start some scoring, but the result was the same. The Wild went 0-for-5, now 0-for-16 on the season with the man-advantage.
Nevermind the power play ineptitude, the Wild were unable to take advantage of great zone time and score 5-on-5. It seemed like there was always a King player taking care of any and every rebound eliminating any second-chance opportunities. Matt Cooke was the lone goal scorer for the Wild as the puck found his stick after a couple of bounces and he was all alone with Quick to pull the Wild within one.
The bright spot of the special teams was the penalty kill, going 11-for-11 entering today's action. That was broken today by the Kings' 70's line and a hard centering pass deflected off of Ryan Suter's skate and right to Tyler Toffolli, whose shot found the back of the net behind Niklas Backstrom.
The Wild dominated in everything but the scoreboard, which really means they didn't dominate anything.
Then in the third period, looking to start the comeback quickly, Tanner Pearson got the game winner after Marco Scandella was tripped and lost the puck behind the Wild net to Toffolli, who then found Pearson in the slot when Jason Zucker lost his man.
Zucker played a good game today as he drew a couple penalties and just missed a goal after hitting the post. The third line of Nino Niederreiter - Erik Haula - Charlie Coyle played really well as they combined for nine shots on goal. The Parise - Granlund - Pominville line combined for 11 shots.
For Backstrom's first start of the season, he didn't look too bad. For the most part he was solid. The first goal was really something he didn't have a chance on as the puck went off of Suter and back across the grain. The second goal was a defensive lapse. He also wasn't tested much as the Kings only got 16 shots at him.
The Wild now will have another quirky delay because they have a four day break until they host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.