ST. PAUL, Minn. - Charlie Coyle and Cal Clutterbuck scored 16 seconds apart late in the first period, helping the Minnesota Wild break their five-game home losing streak and hang on for a critical 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
Wild coach Mike Yeo was asked after the game about the team and its sense of urgency.
"If you were watching the game, you could probably see it," Yeo said. "What impresses me is that our guys recognize that. I really believe that competitors in games like that find a way to go out and be really good."
Jeff Carter's slap shot whizzed past Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom with an improbable 0.8 seconds left before the second intermission, pulling the Kings within one. Carter has 26 goals, tied for third in the NHL.
Slava Voynov's shot from the far edge of the right circle was stopped by a sprawling Backstrom with 11 seconds remaining in the game.
With a 3-7-1 record in the last 11 games since this month began and that playoff spot still unsecured, the Wild badly needed a victory.
"The idea is to keep raising the bar. It was a obviously a very strong game," Yeo said. "The bar has been set. We gotta make sure we bring that the next game."
They entered the evening in seventh place in the Western Conference, with two games left in the regular season after this.
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