The second period took a mirrored look to the first, with the Kings again exploding with 13 shots on net and their first chance on the power play. The Wild’s penalty killing and overall show of strength on their end proved more than the Kings had hoped for. With his team taking every attempt to break down the
The Kings' last chance to come alive arrived with the third period and Jarret Stoll taking point. His shot, just 50 seconds into the period, put the lead in LA’s favor. Jeff Carter and Dwight King were rushing the puck in the
It didn’t take long for the Wild to respond with their own luck with Jason Pominville sliding a shot that Niederreiter got in front of to score his ninth. For the remaining minutes, the game went into the hands of the goaltenders with both tightening fast, unwilling to lose the lead.
Five shots combined were still not enough to give either team the win, but with a point going to both, the second would be awarded in the shootout. It was the first time Kuemper had ever experienced overtime in his ninth game in the NHL. The 23-year-old held off shots from Carter, Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards and Justin Williams for the win. The game went into the hands of Niederreiter who skated up towards Quick, shooting a centering shot that caught Quick off by a hair to seal the game for the Wild.
Though Quick saw just 16 shots on the night for his fifth loss, he had to give a tap of the stick to his adversary at the opposite end as he put on a tremendous performance in the net. Kuemper picked up his first victory making 39 saves and seeing more minutes than in any game in his career. While the Wild moves towards warmer climates, the Kings set up for a match against the Boston Bruins who look to re-group from troubling times in
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