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NHL: Simmonds goal has Kings leading after the first period

February 24, 2011 |  8:42 pm


Wayne Simmonds' power play goal has the Kings leading the Minnesota Wild, 1-0, after one period of play.

The Kings aggression on the power play was reward after the Wild’s Brent Burns was sent off for hooking. The Kings had six shots on goal, the last created when Dustin Brown forced a turnover behind the net.

Jack Johnson picked up the puck and centered to Simmonds, who flicked in a wrist shot for his first goal in 17 games, 13 minutes 25 seconds into the first period.

It was only the sixth goal for the Kings in their last 50 power plays, spanning 20 games.

-- Chris Foster