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Brendan Lemieux and Jonathan Quick lead Kings to victory over Wild

Kings forward Brendan Lemieux and goaltender Jonathan Quick after the victory.
Kings forward Brendan Lemieux, left, and goaltender Jonathan Quick after a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at Staples Center on Saturday.
(John McCoy / Associated Press)

Brendan Lemieux scored in his first game back after a suspension and the Kings ended the Minnesota Wild’s eight-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Saturday night.

Phillip Danault also scored for the Kings, Jonathan Quick made 30 saves, and the Kings swept their two-game homestand.

Marcus Foligno had a goal for the Wild, who hadn’t lost in regulation since a 5-4 loss at Florida on Nov. 20. Kaapo Kahkonen made 35 saves.

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Adrian Kempe and Arthur Kaliyev each score and Jonathan Quick makes 27 saves in the Los Angeles Kings’ 4-0 win over the Dallas Stars.

Lemieux was held out of five games for biting Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk on Nov. 27. But he put the Kings ahead 2-1 midway through the third period, using two Wild defenders as a natural screen to score his fifth goal of the season on a wrist shot from the slot.

Mats Zuccarello had two sharp-angle shots on net with less than 15 seconds to play, but the Kings were able to hold on.

Minnesota and Los Angeles traded goals in the second period. Foligno redirected Matt Dumba’s shot in as the Wild’s power play was about to expire, giving them a 1-0 lead that would last 78 seconds. It was Minnesota’s fifth special teams tally in its last four games.

Danault responded with 5:31 left in the period, putting in his own rebound off Kahkonen’s pad save for his fourth goal.

The Kings played most of the game with five defensemen after Alexander Edler sustained a left leg injury early in the first period. His ankle bent awkwardly when he fell into the boards on a hit by Wild forward Brandon Duhaime and was unable to put any weight on it as he was helped off the ice.

Drew Doughty was busy in Edler’s absence, playing a game-high 28:03. That total could have been higher, had Doughty not taken two trips to the penalty box for interference in the second.


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