Wild defeats Kings 4-1 in dominant performance

The Minnesota Wild jump past the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference’s Central Division standings with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Nino Niederreiter scored the first goal of the game on a patient backhand, beating Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick at 3:15 in the first period. Niederreiter would score again in the third period, with 3:03 left in the game, when he tipped a puck from Jared Spurgeon past replacement goalie Martin Jones.

The story of the night was Mikko Koivu, who scored two goals and added an assist. Koivu scored at the end of the first period when Chris Stewart set him up for a beautiful high backhand tip-in. The goal was the 115th game where Koivu has scored two or more points, Koivu assisted on the Niederreiter goal, a new Wild record.

The previous record was held by Marian Gaborik, who plays for the Kings and witnessed the goal first hand. Break multi-point game record held by Gaborik against Gaborik and the Kings.

Gaborik and the Kings put tremendous pressure on the Wild defense, logging 32 shots on goal (to the Wild’s 20) and left the game with only one point to show for it…on the other side, Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk was masterful in goal, letting in only one by him of the 32 shots.

Dubnyk’s record since joining the Wild on January 15, Devan Dubnyk has a record of 25 wins, six losses and two OT losses.

The Wild has a few days off and will host the Rangers on April 2.

This article originally appeared at Examiner.com.

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