Minnesota scored two first-period goals 16 seconds apart and hung on for a much-needed win over the defending Stanley Cup champions Tuesday night, April 23, at the Xcel Energy Center. Charlie Coyle one-timed a shot from in front of the net for the first goal. Sixteen seconds later, Cal Clutterbuck, playing on the second line, buried a crisp wrist shot top shelf that sent the 18,000-plus fans into a frenzy. The Kings' Jeff Carter scored with .8 seconds left in the second period to apply pressure. MEANING: The Wild got two valuable points and, in all likelihood, need one point in their final two games to make the playoffs for the first time in five years. A Kings win Wednesday over Detroit would help the Wild, though the Kings might be without their captain, Dustin Brown, after he levied a high elbow to Jason Pominville. No penalty was called, but Pominville didn't return.
First-period burst gives Minnesota crucial victory over Kings
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Apr 24