Wild get home ice win over Kings 3-2Minnesota Sports
- Martin Havlat scored the go-ahead goal and Greg Zanon sacrificed his body numerous times on defense in the Wild's 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings last night at the Xcel Energy Center.
ST. PAUL - Martin Havlat scored the go-ahead goal and Greg Zanon sacrificed his body numerous times on defense in the Wild's 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings last night at the Xcel Energy Center.
Zanon was credited with six blocked shots, and brought the sold-out crowd to its feet when he got in the way of a couple of shots during a key five-on-three penalty kill.
Owen Nolan and Brent Burns also scored, with Havlat snapping a 2-2 tie in the third period on his 18th goal of the season. Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves, but the Wild remain nine points out of the eighth and final spot in the NHL Western Conference playoffs. The Wild host the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night at the Xcel Energy Center.
Wild goaltender Josh Harding is awaiting results of an MRI that may determine the problem with his injured right hip. Harding had the exam yesterday and is not expected to play again this season. He was hurt in January, but says he has no regrets about playing through the injury. With Harding done for the year, the Wild recalled goaltender Anton Khudobin from their AHL affiliate in Houston. Khudobin has two wins in as many appearances with the Wild, making 38 saves against Philadelphia in his first career start. His record for Houston is 12-18-4 and played in the AHL All-Star Game.