Minnesota, the only team in the NHL without an overtime
decision, leads the league with 13 ties.
"We're still getting points -- that's the main thing," Roloson
said. "Unfortunately, a team ahead of us got a point also.
Eventually, we're going to have to get some wins."
The Kings, who haven't won in 13 games (0-3-9-1), have 46
points. They are tied for eighth in the West, three points ahead of
"If we continue to play as determined as we are," Kings coach
Andy Murray said, "we know we'll be rewarded."
Minnesota, with 43 points, is in 11th after advancing to the
conference finals last season. The Wild have just one win in their past 11
Nick Schultz tied it at 2-all midway through the second period with a nifty, on-the-move backhander that sailed past Kings goalie Roman Cechmanek's shoulder.
The Wild had two great chances to win. Marian Gaborik, an
All-Star last year who has just five goals this season, hit the
left post with a shot in the third period and misfired on the
rebound after it came straight back to him in the slot.
Los Angeles, which played Nashville to a scoreless tie Tuesday, had a 19-6 shots advantage in the first period -- but nothing good came out of it. The Kings trailed 1-0 thanks to a poorly executed penalty kill -- they're third-to-last in the NHL in that category.
Jozef Stumpel had a point-blank shot from the top of the crease,
but it was gloved by Roloson. A little later, at the other end of
the ice, Brunette knocked in a rebound of Andrei Zyuzin's shot to
make it 1-0.
Persistence paid off for the Kings early in the second period. Belanger came from behind the net, sneaked in front of defenseman Schultz and stuffed a shot in the corner to tie it.
Barney -- called up from the minors Monday when Palffy and
Straka were placed on the injured list -- scored on a slap shot
through traffic to put Los Angeles ahead 2-1.
Murray was asked whether the tie was a disappointment, considering
that his team doubled the Wild's shot total.
"I don't even know how you can put the word 'disappointment' in
the same sentence with our effort tonight," Murray said. "We
played a determined game."
Brunette's goal was Minnesota's first with an extra skater
in 28 home chances. Leading Minnesota with 26 points and nine
power-play points, Brunette broke a 13-game goal drought. ...
Barney, playing in his first game this season, scored his first NHL
goal. "This is very rewarding after a lot of hard work I put in,"
he said. "Hopefully I'll get a permanent spot here." ... Roloson
has allowed two or fewer goals in 13 of his starts. ... This is the first
of three meetings between the Kings and the Wild over the next month.
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Arena: Xcel Energy Center Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Michael McGeough, Chris Rooney Linesmen: Brian Mach, Stephane Provost
Attendance: 18,528 (102.6% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Andrew Brunette (7)
(Power Play) Assists: Jason Wiemer, Marian Gaborik
Eric Belanger (9)
Assists: Ian Laperriere, Jason Holland
Scott Barney (1)
Assists: John Tripp, Jozef Stumpel
Nick Schultz (3)
Assists: Antti Laaksonen, Sergei Zholtok