NHL

Tue, Jan 7, 2014 - 10:30 PM ET
Game Recap
 

Niederreiter, Kuemper lift Wild to win shootout over Kings

Darcy Kuemper
Wild G Darcy Kuemper stopped 39 shots in beating the Kings.
Share This Story

   
 

LOS ANGELES (AP)

Minor league call-up Darcy Kuemper looked totally different than he did in his two other appearances with the Minnesota Wild this season.

The Los Angeles Kings were quite impressed.

Kuemper made 17 of his 39 saves during the first period in his fifth NHL start, a 2-1 victory over the Kings on Tuesday night.

Nino Niederreiter scored the tying goal early in the third period and netted the only goal in a four-round shootout.

''Everyone battled hard,'' Kuemper said. ''We bent a few times, but didn't break. We did a really good job of picking up sticks and eliminating second chances, and that made it a lot easier on me.''

Kuemper's earlier outings were forgettable. On Oct. 15, he allowed three goals on seven shots before getting pulled from his start at Toronto. On Nov. 19, he let in three goals on nine shots in a relief appearance at Montreal.

''It was a chance to redeem myself. My game is definitely where I want it to be right now,'' Kuemper said. ''I've been working on it a lot and playing good down there, so I tried not to change anything when I came up here. It worked out pretty good tonight.''

The Wild, playing their first game since captain and leading scorer Mikko Koivu broke his ankle Saturday at Washington, have won three straight for the first time since Nov. 1-5.

''It's a start,'' coach Mike Yeo said. ''I'm really happy for Darcy. He kind of got thrown into a game where he wasn't quite expecting to play until this morning, and he responded extremely well.''

Jarret Stoll scored for the Kings, and Jonathan Quick made 16 saves in his second straight start after missing 24 games because of a groin injury.

''Quick didn't have a lot of work, but he had to make some good saves for us,'' coach Darryl Sutter said. ''Their guy had a lot of work and made a lot of saves. We had some unfinished opportunities.

''You can't always expect the big guys to score all of the time. We need to get more secondary scoring, and more opportunities from our defense.''

Coming off a 5-3 victory in which they were outshot 30-11 by the Capitals, the Wild were outshot 30-9 by the Kings through the first two periods.

''He played great. You've got to give him credit for sure,'' Stoll said of Kuemper. ''He's a big guy, moves well, is very athletic, and he worked hard to see pucks.''

Kuemper stopped seven shots during the Kings' first power play, which came after Matt Cooke was sent off for slashing at 6:47 of the second. The 6-foot-5 goalie got a break midway through the period, when Dwight King hit the right post with a shot from the left point after a turnover by defenseman Keith Ballard.

''We outplayed them for 60 minutes, and their goalie made some big saves to keep them in there,'' Quick said.

Another Kings scoring chance came with about 5 minutes left in the first when Jeff Carter stickhandled around Ryan Suter in the left circle and found King cruising down the slot, but he fanned on the shot.

The Kings are 1-5-1 in their last seven games and have scored only 10 goals during that stretch.

''We have to bear down. I keep saying it, but it was the story of the game,'' Stoll said. ''It's a matter of putting the puck in the net and capitalizing on the opportunities, as opposed to just getting shots. Goalies are there to make saves - and we're not making it hard enough on goaltenders right now.

''It doesn't matter what the shot total is. The only thing that matters is the scoreboard.''

The Kings got on the board 50 seconds into the third. Carter got the puck from King along the right boards in the Minnesota zone and circled the net before setting up Stoll in the low slot. It was Stoll's sixth of the season and first in his last 12 games against the Wild.

Minnesota tied it at 3:25 when Jason Pominville set up Niederreiter in front of the crease with a pass from the right point after Niederreiter got a step behind defenseman Drew Doughty.

It was the ninth goal for the third-year forward, who was named to Switzerland's Olympic roster.

NOTES: Wild forward Zach Parise (lower body) missed his seventh straight game. ... Minnesota G Josh Harding, who was pulled from each of his two starts at Los Angeles, missed his third straight game as he adjusts to new medication for multiple sclerosis. ... Kings C Mike Richards hasn't scored in 19 games, the third-longest drought of his nine-year NHL career. ... The Kings are 5 for 65 on the power play over their last 22 games. ... Los Angeles had a club-record six players chosen for the upcoming Olympics: Carter and Doughty (Canada), Quick and Dustin Brown (USA), Anze Kopitar (Slovenia) and Slava Voynov (Russia). ... Minnesota's 7-12-3 road record is the second-worst in the NHL, ahead of only Buffalo.

Tagged: Kings, Wild, Matt Cooke, Jeff Carter, Jarret Stoll, Jonathan Quick, Dwight King, Nino Niederreiter

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



Play Hockey Simulation Game on WhatIfSports

NHL Videos

Toews, Kane: Easy decision to resign with Blackhawks Posted: Jul 17, 2014
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane say their decision to sign matching 8-year, $84M...

LA mayor 'F-bombs' Kings rally Posted: Jun 17, 2014
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti toasts the Stanley Cup champion Kings in front o...

Kings, fans celebrate Stanley Cup Posted: Jun 16, 2014
Kings players celebrate winning the Stanley Cup with a parade through downtown L...

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Reebok Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Premier Hockey Jersey - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Pittsburgh_Penguins/browse/featuredproduct/175178/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_175000/FF_175178_xl.jpg&w=100 159.95 Reebok Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Premier Hockey Jersey - Black
    Reebok Dallas Stars White Premier Hockey Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Dallas_Stars/browse/featuredproduct/243363/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_243000/FF_243363_xl.jpg&w=100 124.95 Reebok Dallas Stars White Premier Hockey Jersey
    Reebok Tampa Bay Lightning Primary Logo T-Shirt - Royal Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Tampa_Bay_Lightning/browse/featuredproduct/301017/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_301000/ff_301017_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Reebok Tampa Bay Lightning Primary Logo T-Shirt - Royal Blue
    Majestic Anaheim Ducks Black Official Logo Full Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Anaheim_Ducks/browse/featuredproduct/398322/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_398000/FF_398322_xl.jpg&w=100 43.99 Majestic Anaheim Ducks Black Official Logo Full Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt
    Detroit Red Wings Youth Black Southpaw Backpack http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Red_Wings/browse/featuredproduct/403205/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_403000/FF_403205_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Detroit Red Wings Youth Black Southpaw Backpack
    Reebok Chicago Blackhawks #88 Patrick Kane Red Premier Hockey Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Chicago_Blackhawks/browse/featuredproduct/408123/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_408000/FF_408123_xl.jpg&w=100 159.95 Reebok Chicago Blackhawks #88 Patrick Kane Red Premier Hockey Jersey
    Majestic New Jersey Devils Red Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_Jersey_Devils/browse/featuredproduct/456774/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_456000/ff_456774_xl.jpg&w=100 47.99 Majestic New Jersey Devils Red Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt
    Vancouver Canucks 2011 NHL Western Conference Champions Hockey Stick http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Vancouver_Canucks/browse/featuredproduct/665779/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_665000/ff_665779_xl.jpg&w=100 11.95 Vancouver Canucks 2011 NHL Western Conference Champions Hockey Stick
    Majestic New York Islanders Royal Blue Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Islanders/browse/featuredproduct/752594/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_752000/ff_752594_xl.jpg&w=100 47.99 Majestic New York Islanders Royal Blue Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt