ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- A pair of young blue-liners
carried the Los Angeles Kings to a win.
Rookie defenseman Drew Doughty scored the decisive goal in the
fourth round of the shootout Tuesday, lifting the Kings to a 2-1
victory over the Minnesota Wild.
Fellow blue-liner Jack Johnson also tallied in the bonus format
after tying the contest with a power-play goal in regulation for
the Kings, who had lost five of their previous six contests.
Rookie Jonathan Quick turned aside 23 shots for Los Angeles,
which has won six of its last seven games on the road.
Antti Miettinen netted a shorthanded goal in regulation and
scored in the shootout and Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves for
the Wild, who have lost four of their last six games.
After Miettinen extended the bonus format by beating Quick
between the pads in the third set, Doughty caught a break on his
winner. The second-overall pick in last June's draft lost
control of the puck on his attempt, but it still trickled
between the pads of Backstrom.
Defenseman Brent Burns lost control of the puck on his ensuing
attempt, but Quick easily turned aside the weak shot to secure
the win for the Kings (26-24-9), who moved within four points of
the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Johnson gave Los Angeles an early advantage in the shootout,
deking to the forehand and firing a wrist shot past Backstrom.
Selected third overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005,
Johnson also tied the contest at 1-1 with 5:05 remaining in the
second period by netting his third goal of the season.
Miettinen opened the scoring at 5:48 of the middle session just
10 seconds after teammate Stephane Veilleux was given a delay of