ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings might have too many goalies if they make the NHL playoffs, which is better than having not enough goalies.
Jamie Storr made 21 saves for his fourth shutout as the Kings beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 Friday night. The victory by the Kings came just as Felix Potvin was scheduled to join them in Chicago on Sunday.
Potvin, acquired Thursday in a trade with Vancouver, is needed because Storr has had to start 15 of 16 games since Stephane Fiset injured his knee Dec. 23 against the Wild. There will be a glut of Kings goalies when Fiset returns, but Storr said he welcomed the trade.
"It's like having Stephane healthy," Storr said. "Whoever we have in goal will be a solid guy. Then when we get in the playoffs, pick one."
The Kings (25-24-8) moved within three points of Edmonton in the race for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
"Any time you can strengthen a position, it's an asset," Storr said. "Stephane's been out most of the season. We're not sure when he'll be back. This is the most important two weeks of the season."
Storr was backed by Ziggy Palffy, who had a goal and two assists. The Kings scored twice on power plays against the Wild, who came in tied for first in the NHL in penalty killing. The power-play goals broke Minnesota's streak of 33 consecutive penalty kills in the past nine games.
"When you play a team like Minnesota, it's tough to score 5-on-5," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "To get two power-play goals is great."
Palffy scored his 26th goal of the season and assisted on power-play scores by Mathieu Schneider and Luc Robitaille, who each had an assist. Nelson Emerson gave the Kings a 4-0 lead at 11:36 of the third period.
"Our top guys came to play," said Schneider, who was given the team's "hard hat" award for his hustle. "I keep saying we have one of the most talented teams in the league. We do. Our forwards played great games.
"Andy really lets us be creative on the power play. That's when we're really doing what we want to do."
The Wild were handed their second-worst home loss. They were beaten 5-0 by Colorado on Jan. 12.
"We can't have nights like this," said the Wild's Stacy Roest. "Call it flat, call it unprepared. There's no excuse for it."
Jamie McLennan, coming off his first back-to-back victories of the season, stopped 27 Los Angeles shots, but fell to 4-15-6.
Los Angeles 1 2 1 -- 4
Minnesota 0 0 0 -- 0
First Period--1, Los Angeles, Schneider 15 (Palffy, Robitaille), 11:53 (pp). Penalty--Minnesota bench, served by Simicek (too many men), 11:27.
Second Period--2, Los Angeles, Palffy 26 (Stumpel, Smolinski), 14:05. 3, Los Angeles, Robitaille 28 (Schneider, Palffy), 17:20 (pp). Penalties--Stumpel, LA (slashing), 3:41; Laaksonen, Min (hooking), 10:48; Pellerin, Min (slashing), 16:39.
Third Period--4, Los Angeles, Emerson 9 (Murray, Norstrom), 11:36. Penalties--None.
Shots on goal--Los Angeles 11-10-10--31. Minnesota 9-4-8--21.
Power-play Opportunities--Los Angeles 2 of 3; Minnesota 0 of 1.
Goalies--Los Angeles, Storr 19-17-6 (21 shots-21 saves). Minnesota, McLennan 4-15-6 (31-27).
Referees--Rob Martell, Bill McCreary. Linesmen--Troy Sartison, Mark Wheler.
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