Wild use fast start to defeat Kings, split two-game set

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist to help the Minnesota Wild to a 5-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday.

Jonas Brodin had two assists, and Kaapo Kahkonen made 32 saves for Minnesota (5-3-0), which split the two-game set with Los Angeles. The Wild lost 2-1 here Tuesday.

Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty each had a goal and an assist, and Anze Kopitar had two assists for the Kings (3-3-2). Jonathan Quick made 23 saves.

Johansson scored with a wrist shot from the point to give the Wild a 1-0 lead at 3:33 of the first period.

Kevin Fiala made it 2-0 with a breakaway at 8:17.

Kirill Kaprizov extended the lead to 3-0 when Johansson found him with a backdoor pass at 12:55. 

Brown screened Kahkonen and deflected in a shot from Kopitar on the power play at 3:19 of the second period to cut it to 3-1.

Los Angeles defenseman Matt Roy left the game at 5:34 of the second after Fiala hit him into the boards. Fiala was assessed a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.

Doughty made it 3-2 on the extended power play with a slap shot through Kahkonen’s five-hole at 9:07.

Nick Bjugstad extended the Minnesota lead to 4-2 on a rebound at 18:38.

Joel Eriksson Ek made it 5-2 at 4:44 of the third period.

Alex Iafallo cut it to 5-3 at 9:41.

Kings defenseman Sean Walker left the game at 3:47 of the third after taking a Matt Dumba slap shot to the face. 

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