Carl Grundstrom and Kurtis MacDermid scored, and Calvin Peterson made 32 saves as the Los Angeles Kings held on to beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday night.
For the third time in three games between the teams, Los Angeles squandered a third-period lead. But this time, the Kings bounced back and earned the win after two losses at home to start the season.
Grundstrom skated from the side boards to the middle of the offensive zone and wristed a quick shot past Kaapo Kahkonen’s glove for his second goal in as many games. Los Angeles has won three of four after starting the season 0-2-1.
Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season just 1:09 into the third to tie the game. Kahkonen made 19 saves for Minnesota, which has lost two in a row.
The teams opened the season with a two-game series in Los Angeles where the Kings had 3-1, third-period leads in both games. The Wild came back to win each game 4-3.
Peterson kept Minnesota from adding another comeback victory.
Making his third start of the season, Peterson stood tall as the Wild outshot Los Angeles 27-9 over the final two periods. Before Eriksson Ek’s goal, linemate Jordan Greenway came up short on a scoring chance.
MacDermid started the scoring in the second with his first goal of the season.
Eriksson Ek tied it up with his third in four games, jamming the puck between Peterson's skate and the goal post after several swings.
The teams combined to go 0 for 6 on the power play, continuing their season-long issues against each other. In their three games, they have combined to score once in 26 power-play chances.
Minnesota’s woes have extended to every game they’ve played. After an 0 for 3 night, the Wild are now 2 for 30 on the power play this season. They entered the game ranked 29th in the league on the power play.
Wild goaltender Cam Talbot missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury, with Andrew Hammond coming off the taxi squad to serve as Kahkonen’s backup. Coach Dean Evason said Talbot is getting close to a return and could possibly practice on Thursday. Nico Sturm returned to the lineup after being held out of two games for an illness unrelated to COVID-19.
Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said Martin Frk and Matt Luff didn’t travel with the team, but he’s hopeful both are close to returning to on-ice activities when the team returns home.
The teams close out a two-game series Friday in Minnesota.
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