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Postgame Hat Trick: Kings 3, Wild 1

Minnesota can't rally in final game of West Coast trip Tuesday in Los Angeles

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 3-1 loss against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday night:

1. Minnesota attempted to follow a similar recipe to its first three games on the road trip.

In all three contests, the Wild surrendered at least the first two goals, rallying to win twice under those circumstances. While it's not a path you want to take too often, it certainly worked for the Wild on this trip.

Until Tuesday, anyway.

Los Angeles scored 70 seconds into the game on a goal by Anze Kopitar then went ahead 2-0 10:56 into the second on a goal by Jeff Carter.

But sure enough, it was the Wild that scored next, when Matt Dumba whistled a shot through the wickets of defenseman Ben Hutton and past Jonathan Quick to make it a one-goal game headed to the third period. 

Unfortunately, the Wild couldn't mount a final push in the third period and Sean Walker pushed the puck into an emptied Minnesota net with under a minute left in regulation to close things out.

2. Dumba's goal late in the second marked his second consecutive game with a goal.

After a slow start to the season in the goal-scoring department, it appears the mobile defenseman may be getting things on track. After going the first 15 games with just one goal, Dumba now has two in the last two. 

Video: MIN@LAK: Dumba beats defender, rings home tally

This after a season in which he scored a career high 12 by the middle of December before sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury. 

There's little doubt it has taken Dumba some time to get back in a groove off the layoff, but it sure looks like he might be knocking off the rust as we speak.

3. The Wild will finally head home after four games and 10 days on the road.

It seems like the team has been on the road nearly all season, but there's no doubt players are excited to once again sleep in their own beds and catch up on honey-do lists. 

The 10-day trip is the Wild's longest of the season, and by the time the team lands in Minnesota on Wednesday afternoon, it will have spent a week and a half in the Pacific Time Zone and flown nearly 4,400 miles. 

The Wild will play its next two games at Xcel Energy Center beginning Thursday night against the Arizona Coyotes and Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes before playing four of its five after that on the other coast. 

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