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Wild Snaps Kings' 6-Game Winning Streak

Updated: 04/01/2014 1:16 PM
Created: 04/01/2014 5:57 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

Matt Moulson and Mikko Koivu scored 62 seconds apart in the third period, and Zach Parise connected on a power play for the Minnesota Wild, who rallied for a 3-2 victory Monday night that snapped the Los Angeles Kings' six-game winning streak.
    
Ilya Bryzgalov made 18 saves for the Wild. It was the second time in eight games that the Kings lost in regulation when leading after two periods - something that happened only once in their previous 138 contests.
    
Alec Martinez and Justin Williams scored for Los Angeles, both capitalizing on turnovers by defenseman Jared Spurgeon in his zone. Jonathan Quick stopped 17 shots.
    
Moulson tied it with 16:06 remaining, using Martinez as a screen and beating Quick for his 22nd goal. Koivu made it 3-2 with his 10th on a one-timer from the top of the left circle.
    
Williams put the Kings ahead 2-1 at 11:49 of the second with his 19th goal. Spurgeon had the puck behind his net and tried to clear it around the boards, but Willie Mitchell intercepted it and took a shot that struck Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter before Marian Gaborik got control and set up Williams at the left of the crease.
    
Martinez opened the scoring 6:30 in with his seventh goal in 15 games and 11th overall. The defenseman beat Bryzgalov to the stick side with a wrist shot from the right circle after Spurgeon lost the puck to Anze Kopitar behind the net.
    
Parise tied it at 3:37 of the second period, 36 seconds into Tanner Pearson's hooking penalty. Mikael Granlund got the puck in the slot from Koivu for a one-timer that Parise redirected past Quick's glove.
    
The Kings were 0 for 2 on the power play, and have gone consecutive games without a power-play goal for the first time since a five-game drought Jan. 21-28.
    
Minnesota left wing Dany Heatley, struggling through a 12-goal season and currently in a 14-game drought, was a healthy scratch for the second straight game.

The Wild are on the road again Thursday when it faces the Chicago Blackhawks.
    
NOTES: Quick was 11-2 with a 1.67 goals-against average in his previous 13 games. ... The Wild came in averaging the sixth-fewest penalty minutes in the NHL (9.6). They entered with the fourth-worst penalty-killing percentage. ... Minnesota D Jonathon Blum, born in Long Beach, Calif., played in his 100th NHL regular-season game. In 2007, he became the first player born and raised in California to be selected in the first round of the draft (No. 23 by Nashville). ... The Kings host Phoenix on Wednesday before starting a four-game trip at San Jose, when they will attempt to break the franchise record of eight consecutive road wins.

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