(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer The time on the scoreboard was ticking toward zero. The Minnesota Wild were clinging to a one-goal lead the Los Angeles Kings weren't ready to give up on.
Kings defenseman Slava Voynov signaled to a teammate on the other side he was open, corralled a perfect through-the-slot pass at the far edge of the right circle and wound up for the potential tying shot. Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom lunged to block the puck with the middle of his right leg and smothered it in the crease with help from defenseman Ryan Suter with 11 seconds left.
Almost everyone in the arena exhaled.
''I thought Backy was very good tonight, making key saves at key times,'' Wild coach Mike Yeo said after a 2-1 win Tuesday tightened his team's grip on seventh place in the Western Conference. ''I thought he had a sense of control and kind of an air of confidence about him tonight, which is obviously extremely important. No matter how hard you play, you can't ...