Wild win shootout over Kings 1-0Minnesota Sports
-- Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom turned away 27 Los Angeles Kings shots to lead the Wild to a 1-0 shootout win last night at the Xcel Energy Center.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom turned away 27 Los Angeles Kings shots to lead the Wild to a 1-0 shootout win last night at the Xcel Energy Center.
It was the net minder's third shutout of the season but the first time Backstrom has recorded a shootout win in his last 8 tries. Minnesota's Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the Wild's lone goal in the shootout.
The Wild currently sit in 9th place in the Western Conference just one point out of a playoff spot. Minnesota travels to Colorado to take on the Avalanche on Thursday night.
Last nights Wild game represented a milestone for one of the teams biggest stars as forward Andrew Brunette skated in his 1000th game in the NHL. Brunette is in his 15th seasons in the NHL and he has played for 5 teams including the Washington Capitols, Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers, Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild. He is also thought of as one the games toughest players, last year he held the leagues longest active consecutive games played streak at 509 until he missed a game last February versus Detroit.