LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov had two targets and the Minnesota Wild beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 Friday evening for their sixth straight win.
Joel Eriksson Ek and Nico Strum moreover scored because the Wild improved to 9-2-1 of their past 12 video games. Cam Talbot made 40 saves.
Trevor Moore and Anze Kopitar scored for the Kings, who private long gone 26 video games without consecutive wins. Cal Petersen made 20 saves.
Strum scored into an start purpose to fetch it 3-1 at 11: 19 of the third after Prick Bonino’s wraparound shot went by means of the crease.
Kopitar’s wraparound purpose scale back it to three-2 nearly 4 minutes later.
The Kings had chances to tie in the closing minutes after Jonas Brodin put the puck over the glass for delay of sport, nevertheless Eriksson Ek got an empty-netter at 19: 50.
Kaprizov’s electrical rookie season started with three aspects against the Kings in his NHL debut on Jan. 14, and the favourite for the Calder Trophy continued to ravage them in giving Minnesota a 1-0 lead 7: 46 into the sport.
It used to be Kaprizov’s 20th purpose, the first rookie in franchise history to attain the mark. He’s moreover the first Wild rookie to earn in four consecutive video games.
However the Kings tied it up 1-all with decrease than a 2nd final in the interval on Moore’s eighth purpose when he buried a one-timer outside the crease.
Kaprizov put the Wild abet in front 2-1 with a vitality-play purpose at 6: 41 of the 2nd. It used to be his seventh vitality-play purpose, claiming yet any other Wild rookie memoir, and third multi-purpose sport.
DOMINATING THE KINGS
Kaprizov had six targets and three assists in the eight-sport season sequence against Los Angeles. Minnesota won each and every of the 5 video games in which Kaprizov scored en route to a 6-2-0 memoir.
IN A GROOVE
Minnesota’s special groups made the adaptation, going 1 for 2 on the vitality play and retaining Los Angeles scoreless in two chances. The Wild private the NHL’s handiest vitality play in April, leading the league in targets (16) and conversion percentage (43.2).
Wild: At San Jose on Saturday.
Kings: Host Arizona on Saturday.
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