Kings score seven, delays late Wilde Rally for first win of the season

Street. Paul, Minnesota – Kevin Viala He scored his first goal with the Los Angeles Kings and assisted two goals in a 7-6 win over the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

Viala was traded to Los Angeles by Minnesota on June 29.

“Sometimes you feel better than other days, and today I feel very good from the start,” Viala said. “Obviously it’s more motivating to play against them, my old team, but it was good. A good first step in our direction and myself too, now we just have to build from that.”

Adrian Kempe He had two goals and an assist, and Alex Yavalo And the Gabriel Velardi Each had a goal and a assist for the Kings (1-2-0). Cal Petersen Made 29 exports.

“If you had told us we were going to score seven goals, I would have jumped for joy,” Los Angeles coach Todd McClellan said. “Calculating the six is ​​not the perfect recipe. This is a really tough match to spell out. I’m not sure we’re going to hold six goals and win a game again this year. …a strange night.”

Video: LAK @ MIN: Kempe opens the scoring with the help of Fiala

Mats Zuccarello He had a goal and two passes, and Kirill Kaprizov And the Joel Erickson Eck They each had a goal and an assist for Wilde (0-2-0). Marc-Andre Fleury Four goals from 14 shots were allowed and were withdrawn after the first half. Philip Gustafson He made 17 balls as a break on his Minnesota debut.

“Everyone has suffered, right? You scored seven goals and your team is suffering,” said Minnesota coach Dean Evason. “To pin it on one player or one player who didn’t play well from the goalkeeper… Everyone didn’t play well, otherwise we wouldn’t give up seven goals.”

The Wild allowed 14 goals in its first two games; They lost 7-3 to the New York Rangers in their season opener here on Thursday.

“I really don’t have words,” Zuccarello said. “You cannot expect to win matches when you allow 14 goals in two matches. Sometimes we play in defense like we do. [bleeping] Junior team. It’s the whole team. We have to sharpen. We can’t play like this. Our mentality last year was to play a good, tough defence. So far, we haven’t seen it.

“I mean, we come and fight. You have to give it to the players, show some team spirit. But it’s not good enough.”

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

Viala found Kembe with a leading pass for a shot from the right-hand circle in 4:28 of the first period to make it 1-0, and Villardi finished off a 3v2 dash after a turn by Ryan Hartman to give the Kings a 2-0 lead at 8:55.

Drew Dottie He scored his first goal of the season in strong play with a single timer from the right circle to make it 3-0 at 11:13.

“Offensively, it was a really good match for us, so that was a step in the right direction for us,” said Kembe. “On the other side of the disc, I think there are still some things we can improve on, but you know, I think we deserved to win tonight. Even if it’s 1-0 or 7-6, it doesn’t matter now. That’s a big first win. We advanced in all three areas, and that was a good thing.”

Jacob Middleton He cut it to 3-1 at 12:57 a smack from inside the blue line, and Marcos Foligno He made it 3-2 at 16:43.

Yavalo scored with a slap shot at 18:28 to make it 4-2.

Ericsson EK scored a backdoor goal from Kaprizov to score a power-playing goal at 5:25 in the second half to make it 4-3, but Villala hit back at the man advantage at 9:11 to give Los Angeles a 5.-3 lead.

Kaprizov cut the score to 5-4 at 12:12 with a powerful goal on Petersen’s glove, but Matt Roy He scored less than a minute later at 13:10 to make it 6-4.

Video: LAK @ MIN: Kaprizov buries the central pass of PPG

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

Right-back Kembe responded 31 seconds later at 8:03 for the 7-6 final.

“Obviously we don’t want to give up that many goals, but every time they scored, we’d score right-back,” Viala said. “We eliminated their momentum, and that was massive tonight.

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

Notes: Gustafsson got a crucial pass past Kaprizov. …Dowty becomes the second active defensive man to score 70 goals in power play, and joins him Brent Burns Carolina Hurricanes (80). Only Rob Blake has more in the history of Kings (92). … with two passes, the heart of Los Angeles Anzi Copetar Dave Taylor is over 3rd in all-time scoring list with 1,070 points (365 goals and 705 assists) in 1,213 games. Kopitar traces Marcel Dionne (1307) and Luc Robitaille (1,154).

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