ST. PAUL, Minn. Jason Zucker showed a knack for creating offense in just his second NHL game. Linemate Erik Christiansen has done the same thing for more than two weeks.
Add in Nick Johnson and the Minnesota Wild's third line might be developing some chemistry in the season's final games. Together, the trio helped Minnesota beat another playoff contender at home Saturday in a 4-3 shootout win against the Los Angeles Kings.
Zucker, the 2010 second-round pick who signed last week, had two assists for his first NHL points. Nick Johnson scored just his second in the last 30 games. And Christensen scored in regulation for his sixth goal in the past 10 games. He then added a score in the shootout to give the Wild their third win in the last four home games.
"I wouldn't get too ahead of ourselves and say its some dynamic duo," Christensen said of pairing with Zucker. "It's not. He's a young guy with a lot of enthusiasm. We're just going to try and keep it simple. I think that's what we...