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Kopitar, Kings defeat Wild for first win

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Anze Kopitar scored 2:19 into overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings their first victory of the season, 2-1 against the Minnesota Wild at Staples Center on Friday.

After Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made glove saves on Thomas Vanek and Mathew Dumba in the 3-on-3, Kopitar took a pass from Tanner Pearson and snapped a shot from the slot past Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper.

"I think tonight was more like Kings hockey," Kopitar said. "It definitely feels nice to get the first one out of the way."

The Kings (1-3-0) dominated the first two periods, outshooting the Wild 32-14. But they managed one goal, by Tyler Toffoli on a power play early in the second period. The Wild tied the game on Mikko Koivu's power-play goal at 5:37 of the third.

"I thought our game, as a full 60-minute effort, was much better," said forward Milan Lucic, who set up Toffoli's goal. "We were able to establish more zone time. We were better through the neutral zone. We were better supporting each other. We were able to get more chances; it's just about executing and finishing them off."

Kuemper, making his first start of the season after Devan Dubnyk played the first three games, made 35 saves.

"It felt good, better as I went along," Kuemper told Fox Sports North. "I wasn't clean early, The guys were battling great in front of me. There weren't many second chances."

The loss was the first in four games for the Wild, who were coming off a 4-3 victory at the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. Minnesota completes a three-game road trip at the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

"We knew what we were going to face tonight, a winless team and it's not like they're a team that you would expect to be winless at this point," coach Mike Yeo said. "We knew we were coming into a hornets' nest and we definitely weren't on top of it, but I'm very proud and very pleased with the way we responded in the third period."

Jonathan Quick, who has started all four games for the Kings, made 25 saves. Los Angeles completes a season-opening five-game homestand against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

The Kings outshot the Wild 16-5 in the first period but were unable to beat Kuemper, who made saves on Dustin Brown and Kopitar. The 16 shots were one more than Los Angeles had in all of a 3-0 home loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

A tripping penalty to Wild defenseman Marco Scandella at 19:24 gave the Kings a power play that carried over into the second period, and they ended an 0-for-13 drought from the start of the season at 1:13 when Toffoli took a pass from Lucic and snapped a shot over Kuemper's left shoulder for his second goal of the season.

Minnesota began to generate some offense in the third period and tied the game when Koivu shoveled the rebound of Zach Parise's shot from the right circle past Quick with Kings forward Nick Shore in the penalty box for tripping.

"We played one good period and had a chance to win the game," Parise said. "We didn't play very well in the first or second. Our power play was able to get one and then we started to play better after that."

Defenseman Derek Forbort, a Minnesota native and the 15th player taken in the 2010 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut for the Kings, the final player from that first round to do so. He had one shot in 11:33 of ice time.

"I thought he made some good decisions with the puck," Sutter said. "I think he has to play a more assertive, aggressive game and understand the strength of the players he's playing against."

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