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Wild gain breathing room by beating Kings

Apr 23, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

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After looking a little shaky lately – particularly in a troubling loss against the Calgary Flames – the Minnesota Wild beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 to give themselves more breathing room in the West on Tuesday.

Cal Clutterbuck expressed how important the victory is to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo.

“This is a huge, huge game for our team,” Clutterbuck said. “This was probably the biggest game I’ve ever played in for this franchise.”

While the Wild aren’t totally out of the woods, this victory solidifies their hold on the seventh seed in the conference (53 standings points with two games left). Other fringe teams could pass that 53-point mark, although the Phoenix Coyotes are no longer a worry for Minnesota.

On paper, they should clean up in their final duo of contests, too. They face the Edmonton Oilers at home on Friday and then finish things off with a road game against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Tuesday wasn’t all good for the Wild – they must be concerned about key trade deadline acquisition Jason Pominville after a questionable elbow by Dustin Brown – but at least they’re that much closer to locking up a spot.

  1. mp1131211 - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I didn’t realize the Kings were dirty. Brown should get suspended. Why any player would feel its a good idea to throw an elbow to a face is beyond me.

  2. blomfeld - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    GOOD !

    It would be really nice to drop a couple of spots here in the standings, just in-order for us to get a more “arrogant” opponent in the first round … man, do I ever wish that we could get those Canucklers again ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. youngs79 - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Dustin Brown is a dirty player that deserves to be suspended. Not only did he elbow Pominville right in the face and head, but, he also chopped Coyle’s legs right out from underneath him .NHL doesn’t need this B.S.

    • getadealdonealready - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Agreed, and as a wild fan we are very lucky Coyle wasn’t seriously hurt. He went into the boards feet first at full speed, watching the replay of that we dodged a bullet.

      As a hockey fan becoming very frustrated with officiating and follow up penalties from the NHL. The NHL seems inconsistent at best when suspending players. The officiating on a nightly basis is horrendous across the league, we are getting back to being the clutch and grab league we were prior to the first strike. IMO there should be two suspensions from last nights game Nolan’s hit on Pommer was worse then the Brown one everyone is talking about. Nolan left his feet and made contact to the head of another player, however I would be surprised if either player hears from the league today.

  4. kingsforever - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Anyone who DOESN’T elbow Pominville in the head should kicked out of the NHL. Useless player.

    • credible316 - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      Typical southern market fan. Has no knowledge of the game and has been a fan since 2012.

      • vshehane - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        Really? Southern Market? Since when is LA in the south? Get a clue or even a map before you make such a stupid remark.

      • credible316 - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        @vshehane your map is upside down dip sh**. Typical southern, uneducated.

  5. ignath - Apr 24, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Wild come away with the W but lose Pommer in the process.

    Hope LA is ready to lose that d-bag Brown for a few games….deserves it too with the uncalled for Elbow to the HEAD of Pommer AND at least 2 uncalled Slashings!

    Maybe they will send a message and throw him for 5 games…2 reg. season and 3 playoff. Time to send a message to these d-bag cheap shot artists like Brown!

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