For the second consecutive game, the Kings lost a forward to a game misconduct penalty, and for the second straight game it didn’t matter.
The Kings defeated the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, in a shootout Monday night at Xcel Energy Arena, despite losing captain Dustin Brown to major penalty caused by a hit to the head of Antti Miettinen midway through the second period.
The Kings (6-2-0) survived the five-minute power play without giving up a goal, then Anze Kopitar tied the score late in the period on the Kings’ second power-play goal of the game.
Kopitar was one of three Kings to score in the shootout as well. Jarret Stoll, who had the other power-play goal, converted the third shootout attempt and Michal Handzus scored on the fifth.
Kings goalkeeper Jonathan Quick, who allowed two goals in the first eight minutes of the opening period, was credited with two consecutive saves to keep the shootout alive, then stopped Miettinen with his left pad against the post to secure the team’s league-leading sixth victory of the season.
Miettinen was following through on a slap shot from the top of the right face-off circle when Brown drove into his upper body with a lowered shoulder. The hit violated Rule 48.1, which forbids a lateral or blind-side hit to an opponent’s head.
In a 6-4 victory Saturday at Colorado, Wayne Simmonds was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for butt-ending Colorado center T.J. Galiardi in the groin area with about eight remaining in regulation.
Simmonds was not further disciplined by the NHL, but Brown's hit will likely have league officials busy with their remote controls Tuesday. The Kings next play in Chicago on Wednesday night.