NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Minnesota
(Tuesday, February 7th)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Los Angeles 1
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Pascal Dupuis and Marian Gaborik each scored twice, as the Wild set a franchise-record with five power-play goals, on the way to a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center.
Brian Rolston added a goal and two assists for Minnesota, which won its third straight game and beat Los Angeles for the first time in six meetings. The Wild converted 5-of-10 power play chances, on the way to their fifth win in their last six home games.
"You have to score goals on the power play," said Dupuis, who scored for the first time since December 29 at Calgary. "It feels great. It's one of those nights where everything went in."
Dupuis had just one point in his last 13 games, but had a three-point night on Tuesday.
Eric Belanger scored on the power play for the Kings, who dropped their season-high sixth consecutive contest. Los Angeles was unbeaten in its previous seven trips to St. Paul.
"You get frustrated and we just have to get back in here and believe in ourselves," Belanger said. "The good thing is we have a back-to-back here."
The Kings play at Columbus on Wednesday.
Manny Fernandez had to make just 19 saves for the Wild, while Mathieu Garon allowed five goals on 26 shots for LA.
Rolston, Dupuis and Gaborik all lit the lamp during a 7:41 span of the second period to boost the Wild to a 3-0 lead. Rolston scored from the right circle at 5:38 and Dupuis also found the net from the same circle at 10:05. Todd White then threaded a pass from the right circle through traffic to Gaborik for a tap-in near the net past an out-of-position Garon.
Belanger scored at 5:17 of the third, but brilliant passing led to Dupuis' second goal of the night and seventh of the season at 13:31 of the third. Gaborik scored his 24th of the campaign 1:40 later on a rebound at the right side of the net.
Los Angeles was 1-of-7 on the power play...Gaborik also finished with three points.
02/07 23:10:01 ET