Stalock makes 30 saves, Wild pull away in third to defeat Kings
- Alex Stalock made 30 saves, and the Minnesota Wild scored three goals in the third period in a 5-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.
- Matt Dumba had two assists, and Mikko Koivu scored his first goal of the season for Minnesota (4-7-0), which has won three of its past four games.
- The Wild have won three in a row at home for the first time since Oct. 20-27, 2018.
“We talked about it before the game tonight with [the media]; we need to win games at home right now because we know our schedule, it’s road-dominant, and we need to make it really hard to come in here and even get one point out of us,” said Stalock, who is starting while No. 1 goalie Devan Dubnyk recovers from an upper-body injury. “I think you saw a team in here that made another team super frustrated. It’s getting pucks deep, playing hard and playing physical. It goes a long way.”
- Ben Hutton scored, and Jonathan Quick made 22 saves for Los Angeles (4-7-0), which was outshot 14-7 in the third period and allowed five goals in consecutive losses (5-2 to St. Louis Blues on Thursday).
“When you start to press and you get frustrated, you work your way out of structure,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “You could see the mistakes at 3-1, especially at 4-1, started to leak.
“We’re not structured well enough, we’re not built well enough yet to get out of what we’re supposed to be doing and roam.”
- Kings center Anze Kopitar had a three-game point streak end (two goals, one assist). …
- Through 11 games, Los Angeles has allowed nine goals in the first seven minutes of the first period. …
- Eleven players had at least one point for the Wild. …
- Koivu has 42 points (13 goals, 29 assists) in 42 games against the Kings. …
- Dumba has four points (one goal, three assists) in the past four games.
Sources & Credits: Jessi Pierce / NHL.com, Minnesota Wild, LA Kings