Devin Setoguchi's close call in OT almost won it, and the team went on to close out a victory in the shootout.
Before Saturday's game against Los Angeles at Xcel Energy Center, Wild coach Mike Yeo had a meeting with the players. The subject: the Wild's identity, both now and moving forward.
"One word kept coming up: persistence," Yeo said.
Unlike the Kings, the Wild doesn't have the playoffs to work for. But, in what is starting to look like a late-season renaissance, the Wild translated words into action in a 4-3 shootout victory, the team's second win in a row.
Led by the line of Erik Christensen, Jason Zucker and Nick Johnson, the Wild rallied from a one-goal deficit in the third period and nearly won it in the overtime before winning the shootout.
Christensen and Zucker -- who was playing in his second NHL game -- had two points. Zucker's drive to the net resulted in Johnson's first-period goal. Then, with the Kings leading 3-2 on Brad Richardson's second goal of the game that came 57 seconds into the second period, Christensen did it for the second time in two games.
He skated into the Kings zone and dropped the puck to Zucker, whose shot from the slot went off Christensen's skate and into the net at 10:57 of the third period.
That line produced two goals, five shots and much of the energy the Wild displayed Saturday, with Zucker's speed leading the way.
"His game went to another level today," Yeo said.
Said Christensen: "He played great. You could just see his first couple steps, he's pretty quick."
For Zucker, it was only a matter of getting over those first-game jitters. "I was able to come in tonight and play more of my game," he said. "Johnson and Christensen have been helping me a lot. We've been able to get some chemistry with them. It's great."
With 23 seconds left in regulation Wild center Mikko Koivu was whistled for tripping, giving the Kings a 4-on-3 power play for just more than 1 1/2 minutes of the overtime. The Kings pressured as overtime began, and nearly won the game. But Niklas Backstrom slid across the crease to his left to get his pad on a point-blank shot by Mike Richards.
Moments later, the penalty expired, and Zucker sent a backhand pass out of his zone to Devin Setoguchi for a breakaway. Setoguchi was awarded a penalty shot after Alec Martinez dragged him down, but Setoguchi's wrist shot went off the left pipe.
In the shootout, both Christensen and Koivu scored while Backstrom stopped Justin Williams and Richards.
But the victory came at a cost. Center Warren Peters was injured going into the wall face-first after a hit by Jordan Nolan and left the game early in the third period. Earlier, defenseman Steven Kampfer was lost to an undisclosed injury. After the game Yeo said Kampfer wouldn't make the trip to Chicago for Sunday's game, but he hadn't decided whether Peters would go.
Yeo was asked if he liked playing the spoiler.
"We're doing this for our own reasons," he said. "Our focus is our ourselves, wrapping this up the right way, keeping up the standards we have in ourselves."Etc.
• Gilbert played in his 400th NHL game Saturday. The first 384 came with the Oilers. ... LW Cal Clutterbuck played in his 300th NHL game, all with the Wild.
• Defenseman Marco Scandella was held out of Saturday's game because of an upper body injury. Yeo said it wasn't serious and termed Scandella day-to-day. Scandella took part in Saturday's morning skate and was scheduled to travel with the team to Chicago. Kurtis Foster dressed in Scandella's place.
|New England||2/1/15 5:30 PM|
|New York||49||3rd Qtr|
|Denver||11||1st Qtr 4:24|
|Montreal||0||2nd Prd 18:08|
|Winnipeg||2||2nd Prd 15:23|
|Boston||2||2nd Prd 12:04|
|Arizona||0||1st Prd :59|
|Dallas||3||1st Prd 2:32|
|Detroit||1||1st Prd 1:30|
|Nashville||0||1st Prd 18:12|
|Boston Univ||37||2nd Half|
|Fla Atlantic||29||2nd Half 17:57|
|Youngstown St||26||2nd Half 17:55|
|East Tenn St||36||2nd Half 13:42|
|Saint Louis||29||2nd Half 17:58|
|USC Upstate||44||2nd Half|
|High Point||33||2nd Half|
|Central Conn St||38||2nd Half 10:41|
|Western Ky||26||2nd Half 15:56|
|Dayton||45||2nd Half 13:42|
|Chattanooga||35||2nd Half 13:59|
|Wofford||39||2nd Half 14:28|
|Maryland||32||2nd Half 17:26|
|FIU||31||2nd Half 15:41|
|Fair-Dickinson||34||2nd Half 16:30|
|Mount St Marys||38||2nd Half 14:15|
|Bryant||39||2nd Half 15:32|
|Northern Ky||27||2nd Half|
|Coll of Charleston||25||2nd Half 15:39|
|Western Carolina||45||2nd Half 18:42|
|Sacred Heart||33||2nd Half|
|Lipscomb||32||2nd Half 16:29|
|Fla Gulf Coast||44|
|Kennesaw St||32||2nd Half 15:40|
|Appalachian St||16||1st Half 1:35|
|Holy Cross||18||1st Half 2:00|
|Eastern Ill||22||1st Half 1:15|
|Jacksonville St||6||1st Half 15:13|
|Connecticut||4||1st Half 14:38|
|Rider||6||1st Half 16:25|
|SIU Edwardsville||8||1st Half 12:56|
|SE Missouri St||7|
|Marshall||11||1st Half 14:42|
|Tenn Tech||9||1st Half 12:37|
|Middle Tennessee||5||1st Half 17:21|
|Ill-Chicago||4||1st Half 15:16|
|Weber State||4||1st Half 15:20|
|Denver||9||1st Half 15:56|
|North Dakota St||3|
|IUPU-Ft Wayne||8||1st Half 13:49|
|Louisiana||3||1st Half 16:47|
|Georgia State||7:15 PM|
|Ark-Little Rock||7:30 PM|
|Eastern Ky||8:00 PM|
|Idaho State||8:00 PM|
|Chicago State||8:05 PM|
|Utah Valley U|
|Cal Poly||9:00 PM|
|Santa Clara||9:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara||9:00 PM|
|Montana State||9:05 PM|
|Long Beach State||9:30 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton|
|Loyola Marymount||9:30 PM|
|San Francisco||10:00 PM|
|Pittsburgh||43||2nd Half 1:33|
|(6) Tennessee||31||2nd Half 16:58|
|(24) Oklahoma||38||2nd Half 16:50|
|Nebraska Omaha||36||2nd Half 11:38|
|UC-Riverside||39||2nd Half 18:51|
|Army||44||2nd Half 13:48|
|New Orleans||26||2nd Half 11:46|
|Charlotte||32||2nd Half 18:51|
|Towson||29||2nd Half 11:56|
|Hofstra||35||2nd Half 20:00|
|New Hampshire||39||2nd Half 11:11|
|Albany||49||2nd Half 15:52|
|Hartford||39||2nd Half 12:52|
|UNC-Wilmington||54||2nd Half 10:16|
|William & Mary||40|
|Clemson||34||2nd Half 18:08|
|Alabama||30||2nd Half 15:34|
|(1) South Carolina||48|
|(23) Syracuse||0||2nd Half 16:51|
|Missouri||37||2nd Half 18:23|
|Iona||45||2nd Half 11:32|
|Manhattan||17||2nd Half 15:54|
|NC State||51||2nd Half 11:03|
|(4) Notre Dame||51||2nd Half 15:04|
|(22) Rutgers||30||2nd Half 15:56|
|(5) Maryland||61||2nd Half 14:04|
|Milwaukee||31||2nd Half 15:19|
|Wright State||64||2nd Half 16:43|
|Jacksonville||29||2nd Half 17:10|
|North Florida||30||2nd Half 12:18|
|Stetson||25||2nd Half 15:21|
|Loyola-Maryland||31||2nd Half 12:36|
|Lamar||41||1st Half 3:41|
|Sam Houston St||30|
|Fla Gulf Coast||31||1st Half 1:37|
|Incarnate Word||7:00 PM|
|McNeese State||7:00 PM|
|Vanderbilt||4||1st Half 15:9|
|(18) Miss State||4|
|IUPUI||7||1st Half 15:47|
|Abilene Christian||10||1st Half 14:51|
|Oral Roberts||2||1st Half 18:26|
|South Dakota St||4|
|Louisiana Tech||4||1st Half 15:58|
|TX-San Antonio||8||1st Half 14:20|
|Texas-El Paso||5||1st Half 14:54|
|Auburn||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Grand Canyon||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Illinois||4||1st Half 18:00|
|(20) Iowa||20||1st Half 13:09|
|Utah Valley U||0||1st Half 19:49|
|Green Bay||11||1st Half 13:33|
|Ole Miss||8:00 PM|
|Portland State||8:00 PM|
|Sacramento St||8:00 PM|
|North Dakota||8:00 PM|
|Ohio State||8:00 PM|
|Northern Colorado||8:00 PM|
|St Marys-CA||9:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara|
|San Diego||9:00 PM|
|UC Davis||9:00 PM|
|Long Beach St||10:59 PM|
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