Sometimes you just have to take the loss and move on. With three big games ahead, that’s exactly what the Kings will need to after dropping a 2-1 contest in Minnesota on Tuesday.
Despite outshooting the Wild 34-20 on the night — including by a 14-4 margin in the middle frame — LA’s usually potent offense just couldn’t get anything by Minnesota goalie Filip Gustavsson for 59+ minutes. Only a goal by Anze Kopitar with 20 seconds remaining and regulation prevented a shutout.
Three Stats of The Game:
— All three goals in the game were scored at even-strength. While Minnesota had over 5 minutes of power play time, LA was limited to just 1:15 with the man advantage all night.
— Ryan Hartman scored both Wild goals, and hit the 100-goal mark in his career.
— Adrian Kempe assisted on the Kopitar goal, extending his point streak to six games. This matches his career-long set from Oct. 31, 2021 to Nov. 11, 2021.
Additional Post-Game Notes:
Coach McLellan talks with the media following the game against the Wild.🔊@LAKings | #KingsLive pic.twitter.com/wMAKe7E81L
— Bally Sports West (@BallySportWest) February 22, 2023
Your first intermission assignment… https://t.co/euaf6aageX
— The Mayor | Team MM (@mayorNHL) February 22, 2023
small picture: Difficult LAK roadie starts difficult. W4 snapped, D way better than v ARI but O takes night off.
Medium picture: Sleepy game, credit Wild for shutdown 3rd period after Gustavsson was solid in 2nd.
BIG picture: It doesn't get easier in NJ Thursday.
— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) February 22, 2023
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