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Postgame Hat Trick: Kings 7, Wild 3

Minnesota's six-game road winning streak comes to an end Saturday in Los Angeles

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 7-3 loss against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon:

1. The Wild is now even on its California trip.

Following a 3-2 victory on Thursday night in San Jose, Minnesota could have assured itself of a winning trip with a victory in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon. 

But the home team, which itself entered riding a four-game winning streak, had other ideas.

Anze Kopitar hammered home a rebound 5:16 into the game to give the Kings a lead, and they would never trail in the contest.

Marcus Foligno knotted the game just 13 seconds into the second period, but a devastating 53-second span later in the period provided the Kings with a lead it wouldn't relinquish. 

First, Lindstrom native Blake Lizotte took advantage of a turnover, scoring a shorthanded goal off a 2-on-1 rush. Less than a minute later, Trevor Moore, fresh out of the penalty box, picked the pocket of Brad Hunt and got loose all alone down the left-wing wall. Alex Stalock went for the poke check but Moore saw it coming, lifting the puck over Stalock to make it 3-1. 

Dustin Brown pushed the Kings lead to 4-1 before Minnesota staged a small rally, getting goals from Jared Spurgeon and Luke Kunin, pulling to within one goal with more than four minutes left. But Brown ended any hopes of a comeback when he scored with just over two minutes left in regulation.

Video: MIN@LAK: Kunin puts home backhander past Petersen


2. The loss snapped a lengthy winning streak away from home.

Entering the day Saturday, the Wild had won its past six road games, not suffering a defeat since Jan. 14 in Pittsburgh. Since then, Minnesota went into Dallas, Vancouver, Edmonton, Detroit, Columbus and San Jose and came away with two points. 

It's a pretty remarkable run, considering the Wild started the season with a 1-8-0 record on the road in the month of October, a stretch that put the Wild in a deep hole to start the campaign. 

The Wild will try and start a new road winning streak on Sunday, when it finishes its West Coast trip with a game against the Anaheim Ducks. The Honda Center is where the Wild earned its second road win of the season (in its first November road contest) back on Nov. 5, when it secured a 4-2 victory.


3. Foligno's goal helped him match a personal milestone. 

Video: MIN@LAK: Foligno rips rebound into the open net

The tally was his 11th goal and 23rd point of the season, which tied a career best for the rangy winger, a number he has now reached four times in his career. He finished with 23 points in each of his final two seasons in Buffalo in 2015-16 and 2016-17, then did it again in his first season with the Wild in 2017-18. 

The 11 goals are now the second-most he's scored in a campaign, two shy of his career high of 13, which he netted in 2016-17. It is the most he's scored since joining the Wild.

Video: MIN@LAK: Spurgeon picks the corner on Petersen

Speaking of personal milestones, Spurgeon is nearing one as well. He scored a third-period goal for Minnesota, and if it seems like No. 46 is lighting the lamp a lot lately ... well, that's because he is. The goal was his ninth since Jan. 18, a span of just 21 games. 

After a slow start in the goal-scoring category this season, Spurgeon now has 12 goals, two off his career best which he set last year.

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