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Los Angeles 4, Minnesota 1

Jan. 25, 2002 at 2:46 AM

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Like the Los Angeles Kings, Ziggy Palffy remains nearly unstoppable.

Palffy scored two goals, including a shorthanded tally, to lead Los Angeles to a 4-1 triumph Thursday over the Minnesota Wild.

Palffy gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the game, then added an insurance goal with 3:33 left to give the Kings a two-goal cushion.

Over his last 11 games since returning from a rib injury, Palffy has six goals and three assists, and the Kings have gone 9-2 in that span.

Defenseman Aaron Miller scored the decisive goal with just over five minutes remaining in the third period. Miller cycled to the right faceoff circle, took a pass from Adam Deadmarsh and wrapped around the left side of the net, stuffing the puck past goaltender Manny Fernandez.

Felix Potvin finished with 19 saves for his fourth win in five starts and Brad Chartrand had the other goal for Los Angeles, which won its second straight game since a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

Rookie defenseman Nick Schultz scored the only goal for the Wild, who concluded a 1-4 road trip.

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