Jonathan Quick makes 28 saves as Kings blank Wild
Jaret Anderson-Dolan had a goal and an assist, Jonathan Quick made 28 saves and the L.A. Kings defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-0 on Tuesday night.
It was Minnesota’s first game since Feb. 2 due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Trevor Moore, Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty also scored for the Kings, who have earned at least one point in four of five games against the Wild this season.
Kaapo Kahkonen made 25 saves for Minnesota.
The Wild, who had as many as 13 players in the COVID-19 protocol during the two-week span between games, looked a step slow at the start. Nick Bjugstad hooked Kings defenseman Austin Strand in the offensive zone inside the opening two minutes. That led to Anderson-Dolan putting Los Angeles ahead 1-0 on a wrist shot from the left circle at 3:36.
The Kings overwhelming controlled play in the first period, with Drew Doughty hitting the post as part of a 9-3 advantage in shots. Even routine plays seemed unfamiliar to the Wild after so much time off, best exemplified by Minnesota rookie forward Kirill Kaprizov losing his footing and ending up sliding on his knees to scuttle a promising rush.
Minnesota got into the game in the second period, drawing two early penalties and forcing Quick into some difficult saves. But the Kings went up 2-0 on Moore’s first goal at 12:03. Anderson-Dolan led the break before finding Moore in the slot for a one-timer.
It was Anderson-Dolan’s second straight game with a goal and an assist. He has five points in his last three games.
Brown made it 3-0 at 16:56 of the third period, netting his seventh goal off a crisp pass from Anze Kopitar. Doughty added an empty-netter at 19:23.
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