Rookie Jason King scored his eighth goal of the season to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild Saturday night.
The San Jose Sharks knew it would take some time to see the benefits of the deal two years ago to acquire James Sheppard from Minnesota.
Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom and defenseman Clayton Stoner did not practice on Thursday, increasing the possibility they will be unavailable for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL on Wednesday for elbowing Minnesota forward Jason Pominville on Tuesday night.
Aiming for their first playoff run in 10 years, the Minnesota Wild weren't afraid to go big and get a player like Jason Pominville for the push.
Jason Wiemer scored with 2:17 left in the third period and the Minnesota Wild barely avoided their third shutout in five games, tying the Kings 1-1.