Minnesota is 6-0 this season in games that go past regulation and the Kings are 0-4. Fernandez made 30 saves and Los Angeles’ Mathieu Garon had 32.
The prettiest move of the game came in overtime when Kings forward Michael Cammalleri carried the puck into the Minnesota zone, faked a slap shot, then stickhandled between the legs of defenceman Kim Johnsson before Fernandez stopped his scoring attempt at the edge of the crease with 3:31 left.
The Wild are 3-0 against Los Angeles this season. Fernandez, who has started all 15 games for Minnesota, has stopped 99 of 103 shots in the three victories.
After facing the NHL’s top power play Thursday night in a 7-3 loss to San Jose, the Kings went up against a Minnesota squad that boasted the league’s top penalty-killing unit. But Los Angeles had only one power-play opportunity against the Wild, who have allowed only two goals in their last 50 short-handed situations.
Kurtis Foster put Minnesota ahead 2-1 just 1:46 into the third period, beating Garon high to the glove side with a one-timer from 50 feet that changed direction off Kings defenceman Rob Blake. However, Cammalleri tied it with 8:46 left in regulation, putting a short wrist shot past Fernandez’s stick from short range after defenceman Martin Skoula had trouble clearing the puck from the low slot.
Brian Rolston also scored for the Wild while Mattias Norstrom had the Kings’ other goal.
Norstrom connected for Los Angeles at 2:43 of the first period with his first goal of the season and first in 23 career games against Minnesota. Brian Willsie won a faceoff deep in the Wild zone and Cammalleri got it back to the left point, where Norstrom unloaded a slap shot that skimmed off Skoula’s skate and beat Fernandez to the glove side.
But Minnesota capitalized on Norstrom’s holding penalty, tying the score at 16:49 of the second period with only their second power-play goal in six road games this season. Rolston, who scored a career-high 34 goals last season, got his team-high 11th on a one-timer from 45 feet while teammate Branko Radivojevic and Kings defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky were screening Garon.
Notes: Minnesota had the last six power plays of the game, including one in OT after the Kings received their second bench minor for having too many players on the ice. … The longest stretch of consecutive starts by Fernandez prior to this season was 13 (March 5-April 2, 2006). … C Alyn McCauley has yet to play for the Kings since signing a three-year, $6 million contract as an unrestricted free agent. He has been sidelined since undergoing two surgeries on his left knee, which hampered him during last season’s playoffs with San Jose. … Minnesota C Wes Walz returned to the lineup after missing three of the previous four with a hip flexor. … Marian Gaborik, who missed his eighth straight game because of a groin injury, has 13 goals in 19 career games against the Kings – including the game-winner in overtime on Oct. 18 at Staples Center. … The departure of C Pavol Demitra to Minnesota has adversely affected Kings C Craig Conroy, who has only one goal and four assists in 19 games after recording 22 goals and 66 assists last season playing on a line with Demitra.