ST. PAUL, MINN — The Kings are fighting hard to stay in the playoff picture and will take wins any way they can get them.
Drew Doughty scored the deciding shootout goal and the Kings beat the Minnesota Wild, 2-1, on Tuesday night.
The shootout was tied, 1-1, after three rounds and Doughty scored the winner on the Kings' fourth shot. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick denied Brent Burns, the Wild's final shooter, to seal the win.
Doughty didn't get much of a shot off against Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, but the puck somehow trickled into the net.
The Kings' regulation goal was knocked in by a Wild defender and the Kings escaped with two points.
"We wanted to win that game no matter how we were going to win it," Doughty said.
Minnesota is 4-2 in shootouts and the Kings are 4-7.
Jack Johnson got credit for the Kings' goal and Antii Miettinen scored for the Wild in regulation.
Miettinen scored a short-handed goal for the Wild in the second period. Mikko Koivu assisted on the two-on-one break for his 55th point this season, a career high.