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Erik Ersberg makes 33 saves as Kings hand Wild their fourth straight loss

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LOS ANGELES - Erik Ersberg made 33 saves, Anze Kopitar and Michal Handzus scored on power plays, and the Los Angeles Kings handed the Minnesota Wild their fourth straight loss with a 3-1 win on Saturday.

Brent Burns converted a centring pass from former Kings centre Eric Belanger on a power play for his fifth goal to spoil Ersberg's shutout bid with 1:53 to play.

Kings forward Alexander Frolov scored his 13th goal into an empty net with 26 seconds left. He has scored in eight of his last 11 games.

The Wild have been outscored 9-2 during their current skid, while their goaltenders have stopped 140 shots during that stretch - including 40 by Niklas Backstrom on Saturday. Minnesota was 7-0-1 in its previous eight meetings with Los Angeles.

It is just the second time in the franchise's nine-year history that the Wild have had a four-game losing streak with all four games being decided in regulation. It also occurred in Feb. 2001 during the team's inaugural season.

Minnesota is 1-for-14 on the power play in its last four games, after setting a club record for most power-play goals over a three-game stretch with 10 in 20 opportunities. Burns set a club record for power-play goals by a defenceman last season with eight.

Minnesota's penalty-killing unit came in with a league-best percentage of 89.2, and had allowed just four goals in 53 short-handed situations on the road. But Kopitar opened the scoring at 15:08 of the first period during a goalmouth scramble while Marek Zidlicky was off for interference against Dustin Brown. It was Kopitar's 10th goal and fifth in five games.

The Kings got their second goal with 17:02 left in the game while Zidlicky was off for holding Handzus. Matt Greene's slapshot from the right point deflected off teammate Wayne Simmonds' stick and struck the left post, but Handzus banged home the rebound with one second left on the power play.

Notes: Minnesota has 40 even-strength goals, the fewest in the league. ... Brown, who recorded his first NHL hat trick in Thursday's 6-2 win over St. Louis, entered Saturday second in the league in shots on net with 130 - 37 fewer than Washington's Alex Ovechkin. ... Minnesota RW Owen Nolan missed his second straight game because of an injured right leg. ... Minnesota's next game is Sunday in Anaheim. The Wild have faced the Kings and Ducks in back-to-back road games nine other times, winning both games three times and losing both on two occasions. ... The Kings' next game is Monday night at San Jose. The league-leading Sharks opened their season with 3-1 and 1-0 wins in a home-and-home set with the Kings.

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