LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tied early, Los Angeles and the Minnesota Wild droned on for two scoreless periods. Then lickety-split, the game was over, and the Kings lost again.
Marian Gaborik scored 25 seconds into overtime, helping Minnesota to a 2-1 victory Wednesday night for its franchise-record sixth consecutive win.
"We tried to work a give-and-go, and it worked out perfectly," he said.
Captain Brian Rolston scored the Wild's 1,000th regular-season
goal in the first period.
The Kings dropped their fourth straight, managing one goal in
each of the losses. Rob Blake, in his second stint with the Kings
this season, has yet to notch a point in seven games.
"It is always tough to lose in overtime," Kings captain
Mattias Norstrom said. "At this time though, there is no reason to
kick ourselves too hard. We can at least walk away and say, 'OK,
guys, I think we are on the right track."
Pavol Demitra set up Gaborik's game-winner, skating up the right
side and sending a pass to Gaborik, who was being closely chased by
a Kings' defender.
The puck careened off Gaborik's right skate as he approached the
net, and the momentum carried it past Kings goalie Dan Cloutier,
who stopped 25 shots in regulation. Gaborik's shot was the first of
"That's what we do every day in practice," Demitra said. "We
had a couple of chances in the last five seconds."
Demitra's assist gave him a point in all six games this season,
and extended his assist streak to six games. He was traded by Los
Angeles to Minnesota in June for Patrick O'Sullivan.
Demitra said it felt different walking into the visitors'
"I have a lot of friends here, and I like the fans," he said.
"I had a great time here last year."
Wild goalie Manny Fernandez improved to 5-0-0, making 34 saves
"They're a really hungry team and they work really hard," he
said. "This is our first road game, so it took us a little longer.
It was a lot easier to win at home than it was to come in here and
play against a team that works that hard."
The Kings outshot the Wild 35-26 in regulation, and Minnesota,
the NHL's top-rated power-play unit, finished 0-for-6.
Rolston's goal at 10:09 of the first period gave the Wild a 1-0
The Kings tied the game at 18:26 of the same period on
O'Sullivan's first NHL goal, which survived a video review.
"He's going to be a goal-scorer in this league," Kings coach
Marc Crawford said. "Our growth is all in our young forwards."
The Kings completed their season-opening six-game homestand
with one sellout. Wednesday's announced crowd of 14,617 was the
third time in five games that the team drew less than 15,000. ...
The last time the Wild had won five in a row was last January.
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Arena: STAPLES Center Location: Los Angeles, California
Referees: Chris Rooney, Brad Watson Linesmen: Vaughan Rody, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 14,617 (80.7% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Brian Rolston (5)
Assists: Mikko Koivu, Brent Burns
Patrick O'Sullivan (1)
Assists: Lubomir Visnovsky, Derek Armstrong