Los Angeles center Jeff Carter scored the game-winning goal in the second round of the shootout as the Kings clipped the Wild 3-2 in the season opener for both teams at Xcel Energy Center. Anze Kopitar [[ AHN-jay KOE-pih-tar ]] also scored in the shootout, while Carter and Drew Doughty both scored in regulation for Los Angeles. Jonathan Quick denied 27 of the 29 shots he faced plus stopped both shootout attempts. Matt Cooke and Jonas Brodin [[ JO-ness bro-DEEN ]] both scored for the Wild, who fell to 11-and-1 in home openers. Niklas Backstrom made 16 saves but allowed goals on both shootout attempts. The Wild return home tomorrow night to host Anaheim.
Wild Extend Contract Of Pominville
The Wild signed forward Jason Pominville to a five-year contract extension, which if fulfilled, will keep the 30-year-old in a Wild sweater until 2019. Pominville came to the Wild in an in-season trade last season with Buffalo, but only appeared in nine games before a season-ending injury. Pominville scored 30 goals and had 43 assists in the 2011-12 season with the Sabres. Pominville is a native of Repentigny, Quebec, but has played with Team USA in international hockey events in recent seasons because he carries dual citizenship.