Kings score seven, hold off late rally by Wild for first win of season

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Kevin Fiala scored his first function for the Los Angeles Kings and had two assists in a 7-6 win towards the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

Fiala was once traded to Los Angeles by Minnesota on June 29.

“Sometimes you feel better than other days, and today I felt pretty good from the start,” Fiala stated. “Obviously a little more motivated playing against them, my old team, but it was good. A good first step in our direction and myself as well, and now we just have to build from it.”

Adrian Kempe had two targets and an lend a hand, and Alex Iafallo and Gabriel Vilardi every had a function and an lend a hand for the Kings (1-2-0). Cal Petersen made 29 saves.

“If you’d have told us we were going to score seven goals, I’d have been jumping for joy,” Los Angeles trainer Todd McClellan stated. “The giving up the six isn’t the ideal recipe. That’s a really hard game to explain. I’m not sure that we’re going to give six goals up and win a game again this year. … Strange night.”

Video: LAK@MIN: Kempe opens scoring with lend a hand from Fiala

Mats Zuccarello had a function and two assists, and Kirill Kaprizov and Joel Eriksson Ek every had a function and an lend a hand for the Wild (0-2-0). Marc-Andre Fleury allowed 4 targets on 14 pictures and was once pulled after the first duration. Filip Gustavsson made 17 saves in reduction in his Minnesota debut.

“Everybody struggled, right? You get seven goals scored on, your team struggles,” Minnesota trainer Dean Evason stated. “To pin it on one guy or one guy didn’t play well from the goalie out … everybody didn’t play well, or else we would have not given up seven goals.”

The Wild have allowed 14 targets of their first two video games; they misplaced 7-3 to the New York Rangers of their season opener right here Thursday.

“I don’t really have words,” Zuccarello stated. “You can’t expect to win games when you let in 14 goals in two games. Sometimes we play defense like we’re a [bleeping] junior team. It’s the whole team. We’ve got to sharpen up. We can’t play like that. Our mentality last year was to play good, hard defense. So far, we haven’t seen that.

“I imply, we are coming down and combating again. You’ve were given to present it to the fellows, confirmed some staff spirit. But it is not just right sufficient.”

Video: LAK@MIN: Fiala cashes in PPG against his former team

Fiala found Kempe with a leading pass for a shot from the right face-off circle at 4:28 of the first period to make it 1-0, and Vilardi finished a 3-on-2 rush after a turnover by Ryan Hartman to give the Kings a 2-0 lead at 8:55.

Drew Doughty scored his first goal of the season on the power play with a one-timer from the right circle to make it 3-0 at 11:13.

“Offensively, it was once a in reality just right recreation for us, in order that was once a step in the proper path for us,” Kempe said. “On the opposite aspect of the puck, I feel there are nonetheless some issues we will strengthen, however you recognize, I feel we deserved the win this night. Even if it was once 1-0 or 7-6, it’s not relevant at the moment. That’s an enormous first win. We were given higher in all 3 zones, and that was once a just right factor.”

Jacob Middleton cut it to 3-1 at 12:57 with a slap shot from inside the blue line, and Marcus Foligno made it 3-2 at 16:43.

Iafallo scored on a slap shot at 18:28 to make it 4-2.

Eriksson Ek scored on a backdoor tap-in from Kaprizov for a power-play goal at 5:25 of the second period to make it 4-3, but Fiala responded on the man-advantage at 9:11 to give Los Angeles a 5-3 lead.

Kaprizov cut it to 5-4 at 12:12 with a power-play goal over Petersen’s glove, but Matt Roy scored less than a minute later at 13:10 to make it 6-4.

Video: LAK@MIN: Kaprizov buries the centering pass for PPG

Zuccarello cut it 6-5 at 5:56 of the third period on a power play from the top of the left circle, and Sam Steel tied it 6-6 at 7:32 on a rebound.

Kempe answered right back 31 seconds later at 8:03 for the 7-6 final.

“Obviously we do not need to surrender that many targets, however each time once they we score, we simply scored proper again,” Fiala said. “We killed their momentum, and that was once massive this night.

“Just a good overall team win. We never gave up. We stick with it, and that’s what a good team does.”

NOTES: Gustavsson had an lend a hand on Kaprizov’s function. … Doughty turned into the second one energetic defenseman to score 70 power-play targets, becoming a member of Brent Burns of the Carolina Hurricanes (80). Only Rob Blake has extra in Kings historical past (92). … With two assists, Los Angeles middle Anze Kopitar handed Dave Taylor for 3rd on its all-time scoring listing with 1,070 issues (365 targets, 705 assists) in 1,213 video games. Kopitar trails Marcel Dionne (1,307) and Luc Robitaille (1,154).

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