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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at Los Angeles

Wild aims for first 2-0 start since 2015-16 Saturday night against Kings

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (1-0-0) at Los Angeles Kings (0-0-1)

Puck drop: 8:08 p.m. CT

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The Wild will try and start the regular season with consecutive victories for the first time since 2015-16 on Saturday night when it plays its second-straight game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

Minnesota secured a 4-3 win in overtime in its season opener on Thursday night, with rookie Kirill Kaprizov scoring the winning goal 3:47 into the extra session. The goal was his third point of the night, which made him the first player in franchise history to post a three-point night in his NHL debut. 

He also became just the third player in NHL history, and the first in 31 years, to score an overtime goal in his debut game.

Jonas Brodin, Victor Rask and Marcus Foligno also scored goals for the Wild, and goaltender Cam Talbot made 31 saves in his debut with the club. 

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Minnesota rallied from two goals down in the third period, with Rask scoring 3:15 into the final frame making it a 3-2 game. Foligno chipped his first of the season by Jonathan Quick 6 1/2 minutes later.

"Hopefully, we start like we started the third period. We simplified our game," said Wild coach Dean Evason. "As we said [Thursday] night, they do a real good job through the neutral zone. It's very difficult to carry pucks through. So you've got to find ways to get pucks through them and in areas and ways that we can retrieve them and get scoring opportunities. And a lot of the times it's just sheer will, which we saw a lot of from a lot of different people certainly late in the game."

The comeback win was the second time in 20 seasons that Minnesota rallied from multiple goals down in the third period and first since a furious three-goal rally in Colorado in 2015. It was the fourth time the Wild has gone to overtime in a season-opening game, improving to 2-0-2 in those games. 

For Talbot, who became the 19th goaltender to play a game for Minnesota in team history, the win was the eighth of his career against Los Angeles. He became the 10th Wild goaltender to earn a victory in his Wild debut.

"Really calm, just a real calming effect on the bench," Evason said. "We've talked about it before about him off the ice being professional, just simply being a pro. Some of the saves, obviously, he made, you're thinking the one in overtime on the 2-on-1 where it just looked routine, it gives the group a lot of confidence."

Ryan Suter earned an assist on Foligno's tying goal in the third period and is now just one assist shy of reaching 500 for his NHL career and 300 in a Wild sweater. Suter trails only Chicago's Duncan Keith (509) among active defensemen in career assists. He'd become just the second Wild player ever to reach 300 assists (Mikko Koivu, 504). 

Talbot is likely to get the start again for the Wild. Quick, who made 23 saves for the Kings on Thursday, appears likely to get another start as Cal Petersen works his way back from the COVID Protocol list.

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