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Kopitar, Walker each has goal, assist for Kings in victory against Wild

Quick makes 27 saves for Los Angeles, which was winless in past three

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Kopitar puts in opening goal

MIN@LAK: Kopitar cleans up loose puck in front

Anze Kopitar finds the loose puck under Devan Dubnyk and sweeps it into the net to open an early 1-0 first-period lead for the Kings

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LOS ANGELES -- Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to four games, and the Los Angeles Kings ended a three-game winless streak with a 3-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild at Staples Center on Tuesday.

Sean Walker also had a goal and an assist for the Kings (6-11-1), who were 0-2-1 in their past three. Jeff Carter scored, and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves to end a five-game losing streak.

"Tonight I think everybody was on their game, starting with Johnny back there," said Kopitar, who has five points (two goals, three assists) during his streak. "Our D corps was good. Forwards up front were making some plays, and we were obviously able to score some goals."

 

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Matt Dumba scored for the second straight game for the Wild (6-11-1). Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves.   

The Wild alternated wins and losses to go 2-2-0 on their four-game road trip. Minnesota has won consecutive games once this season (Oct. 20-22).

"It's great that we're playing OK, but when you dig yourself a hole like we've done, you can't win one, lose one the rest of the way," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "You got to put a little run together, and so far we haven't done that."

Carter made it 2-0 at 10:56 of the second period. Ben Hutton's shot deflected off Tyler Toffoli and fell to Carter on the edge of the crease, allowing him to score around an off-balance Dubnyk.

"You don't see that too often, that deflection. It was almost like he toe-dragged it out of the air. All you can do is watch it pretty much," Dubnyk said. "It's just one of those plays that is going to be in the net 99.9 percent of the time if it happens like that."

Video: MIN@LAK: Carter calmly scores from in front

Dumba cut the margin to 2-1 at 15:40 on a shot from the right circle through traffic that redirected off Hutton.

Walker scored into an empty net at 19:13 of the third period for the 3-1 final. It was the first multipoint game of Walker's NHL career.

Kopitar gave the Kings a 1-0 lead 1:10 into the first period. Dubnyk could not cover a shot by Walker that deflected off the skate of Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon following a face-off win by Kopitar, allowing the Kings center to tap the puck in for his sixth goal.

The Wild had two power-play opportunities in the first period and one at the start of the second, but the Kings' struggling penalty kill was able to keep them in check. Los Angeles has allowed 18 power-play goals, second-most in the NHL behind the Detroit Red Wings (19).

"Our PK has been getting better every game," Kings forward Austin Wagner said. "You look at it now, and tonight it was outstanding, and it really, really changed the momentum in the game. And it really took their energy away, and you could see that. After every penalty kill, they didn't even want to have the puck anymore because they were getting frustrated."

 

They said it

"I can't remember the last time we had face-off goals against us for making the wrong decision off of the face-off. … Sometimes it's very tough, but that was just basic stuff that we've done all year or for the last few years. We didn't do it today, and it cost us two goals." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

"Johnny's been like that for the past few games, so it was more us in front of him where we were giving up Grade-A chances and backdoor tap-ins. Even the game in Montreal (3-2 loss Saturday), we get off to a poor start, they pour it on. And then he's the Quickie we all know, and he's still there tonight." -- Kings center Anze Kopitar on goalie Jonathan Quick

 

Need to know

Quick has allowed four goals in his three wins this season. He has allowed 39 goals in his eight losses. … Kings forward Alex Iafallo had an assist for the second straight game. He has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past four games. … Wild forward Kevin Fiala had his four-game point streak end. … The Kings scratched forwards Ilya Kovalchuk and Adrian Kempe and defenseman Kurtis MacDermid. General manager Rob Blake said Kovalchuk's availability going forward would be handled on a game-by-game basis and he had not requested a trade. The 36-year-old has a no-movement clause this season. … The Kings are 2-6-1 in their past nine games.

 

What's next

Wild: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

Kings: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-W, FS-D, NHL.TV)

Video: Kopitar, Walker notch two points each in 3-1 victory

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