New team, but Zach Parise still feels the pain of losing the Stanley Cup to Kings

Zach Parise played a key role on the New Jersey Devils’ team that reached the Stanley Cup Final last spring. Apparently, he still feels the sting of losing to the Kings in six games. Parise signed with the Minnesota Wild during the offseason and got a chance to exact a little payback during his new team’s shootout win over the Kings on Saturday night.

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Final: Wild 4, Kings 3 (shootout)

Here’s the recap from The Associated Press:

Mikko Koivu scored in a shootout to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night in St. Paul, Minn. Koivu also had two assists in regulation. Matt Cullen also had a goal, Zach Parise had a goal and an assist and Niklas Backstrom stopped 28 shots for Minnesota, which bounced back after having its seven-game win streak ended a night earlier in Dallas.

Parise and Cullen also scored in the shootout for the Wild, who are in first place in the Northwest Division.

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Looking forward to the Kings’ game Saturday against the Minnesota Wild

It’s been quite a week for the Kings, who snapped a two-game scoreless drought by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. Then they visited the White House on Tuesday and beat the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. They wrap up their week with a possible playoff preview against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. The Kings are 19-12-2 and in fifth place in the Western Conference. The Wild is 20-11-2 and in fourth. The Wild’s seven-game winning streak came to an end with a loss Friday to the Dallas Stars. The Kings continue their five-game trip Sunday against the Stars in Dallas. Then they face the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday before returning home Thursday to play host to the Wild. Kings center Anze Kopitar has 22 points in the last 19 games and a team-leading 31 overall (10 goals, 21 assists). Kopitar has nine points in his last five games against the Wild.

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Kings give St. Louis the Blues again

Anyone who was surprised the Blues lost their cool at the end of the Kings’ 4-2 victory Thursday night in St. Louis simply hasn’t been paying attention. Justin Williams scored a game-clinching empty-net goal and then got smoked by the Blues’ David Backes in a play that led to a mild scrum. Backes was penalized for roughing.

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Final: Kings 4, Blues 2

Here’s the recap from The Associated Press:

Mike Ricahrds scored the go-ahead goal with 2:43 to play, Jonathan Quick made 20 saves and the Kings continued their dominance of St. Louis with a 4-2 win over the Blues on Thursday night in St. Louis. Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist and Trevor Lewis and Justin Williams also scored for the Kings.

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Looking forward to the Kings’ game Monday night against the Blackhawks

The Kings left town Sunday for a five-game trip with a two-game losing streak and a scoreless streak that stretched for more than two contests. They begin their final lengthy trip of the season with a stop in Chicago on Monday night to face the league-leading Blackhawks. Chicago (24-3-3) haven’t played since losing Wednesday to the Ducks at the Honda Center. The Kings (17-12-2) lost Saturday to the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center. After facing the Blackhawks, the Kings fly to Washington to visit the White House and to be honored Tuesday as the 2012 Stanley Cup champions by President Obama. Then it’s on to St. Louis, Minnesota, Dallas and Phoenix before returning home April 4.

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Kings forward Jordan Nolan fined for cross-check on Canucks’ Henrik Sedin

Jordan Nolan of the Kings was fined $1,436.94 for cross-checking Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks during Saturday afternoon’s game at Staples Center, the NHL’s department of player safety announced Sunday. Nolan was not penalized on the play, which happened along the boards at 5:58 of the second period of the Kings’ 1-0 loss to the Canucks. Kyle Clifford was given a roughing penalty one second later, however. Nolan was considered a first-time offender. The fine is the maximum allowed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement with its players.

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Darryl Sutter’s not-so-nutty postgame quote (Saturday afternoon edition)

When someone asked Darryl Sutter about the team’s lack of scoring punch and whether it needed “another finisher” perhaps through a trade before the April 3 deadline, the Kings’ coach responded in typically stern fashion. “You’re way out of line asking coaches questions like that,” Sutter said. There was no follow-up question from the guy,

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