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Associated press, Published February 28 2012

Kings, Bernier shut out Wild during 4-0 win

ST. PAUL – Backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 25 shots for his fifth career shutout, while Anze Kopitar scored and added an assist as the Los Angeles Kings rolled to a 4-0 victory Tuesday night at Minnesota.

Bernier secured his first victory since Jan. 9 and didn’t give up a goal for the first time since shutting out Edmonton last March.

Minnesota, which had won three of four, remained five points out of the top eight.

Los Angeles jumped ahead of the Wild early. Just 44 seconds into the game, Williams tipped a shot from the point and the puck bounced through the legs of goaltender Niklas Backstrom, who stopped just 11 shots for Minnesota.

Minnesota never got anything going offensively and was shut out for the fourth time this season.

Los Angeles 3 1 0 – 4

Minnesota 0 0 0 – 0

First period: 1, Los Angeles, Williams 13 (Voynov, Brown), :44. 2, Los Angeles, King 2 (Kopitar, Williams), 9:39. 3, Los Angeles, Kopitar 18 (Brown, Greene), 18:38.

Second period: 4, Los Angeles, Martinez 3 (Fraser, Greene), 15:01.

Shots on Goal – Los Angeles 8-5-2 – 15. Minnesota 10-10-6 – 26.

Goalies: Los Angeles, Bernier 4-5-1 (26 shots-26 saves). Minnesota, Backstrom 17-17-6 (15-11).

A – 17,317 (18,064). T – 2:22.