Kings fall in big hole early in 5-3 loss to Wild
Kirill Kaprizov scored the second goal of his rookie season to cap Minnesota’s three-goal first period and the Wild beat the Kings 5-3 on Thursday night.
Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist, and Kevin Fiala, Nick Bjugstad and Joel Eriksson Ek also scored for Minnesota, which had lost two in a row. Kaapo Kahkonen made 32 saves for the Wild.
“It had everything from the get-go,” Bjugstad said. “We had good energy from all around the lineup.“
Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty and Alex Iafallo scored for Los Angeles in the second straight and fourth overall meeting between the two teams this season. Jonathan Quick stopped 23 shots for the Kings, who lost two defensemen to scary-looking injuries.
Matt Roy left after going headfirst into the boards, and Sean Walker was hit in the face by a slap shot.
“There’s going to be lots of bad blood this season because we’re playing teams so much,” Doughty said. “In the past, I don’t think there’s a ton of bad blood with Minnesota. But, yeah, I guess tonight some of that started.”
The familiarity between the teams might be leading to some early tension. Minnesota forward Marcus Foligno and Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid, who scored in the Kings’ 5-3 win on Tuesday, started a fight off the opening draw.
The Wild then took control.
Johansson opened the scoring just 3:33 into the first with his second goal of the season.
The Kings had a chance to tie it when Kahknonen was knocked out of his net as Austin Wagner and Jared Spurgeon collided with the goaltender. The Kings missed a shot on the open net and Fiala blocked a shot to spring himself for a breakaway that he snapped past Quick. It was Fiala’s third goal in four games.
Johansson then set up Kaprizov with a nifty, cross-ice pass to cap the scoring in the first.
“Well, two games ago I just thought it was our worst start probably,“ Wild coach Dean Evason said. “Last game we felt we got taken out of the game with some penalties in the first. But I think our group from the start of the season has been ready to go right from the drop of the puck.”
Minnesota allowed Los Angeles back into the game in the second by making a series of trips to the penalty box. The Wild were called for 11 minutes worth of penalties in the first 12:09 of the period.
Fiala was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct after he pushed Roy going into the boards. Roy tried to stop and his skates went out from underneath him, causing him to go headfirst into the boards.
Roy was down for several minutes before being helped off the ice.
“It will be on multiple videos, teaching clips for young players, older players, junior players, pro players on basically what not to do,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “I feel bad for Roysie. I don’t even know if there’s any intent on the Fiala thing, it just happened. But we have to know by now that we can’t do that.”
Brown and Doughty’s goals both came on the power play.
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