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Kings win review, then topple Wild, 7-3 – Twin Cities

With Halloween less than two weeks away, perhaps it was fitting that the Minnesota Wild were beaten by what appeared to be a phantom goal on Thursday.

Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice in the final minute of the first period to break a 2-2 tie, the first of which appeared to have hit Marc-Andre Fleury’s legs, and Minnesota never recovered in a loss from 7-3 to Xcel. Energy center.

Connor Dewar, Kirill Kaprizov and Joel Eriksson Ek scored for the Wild and Fleury stopped 21 of 26 shots.

Former Wild goaltender Cam Talbot, who was traded after the Wild signed Fleury to a two-year contract extension in July 2021, stopped 30 shots for the Kings. After pulling Eriksson Ek’s third-period goal to two goals, the Wild pulled Fleury with just under 3 minutes left and Los Angeles added two empty-net goals.

The Kings rallied from a 2-1 deficit, getting the go-ahead late in the first period when Dubois beat Connor Dewar for a blind pass from Kevin Fiala and rolled it between Fleury’s pads with 58 seconds left.

But Dubois kicked the puck to help him gain control, and it appeared neither he nor Dewar had another stick on it. The NHL office reviewed the play and ruled the goal good.

“The examination determined that his stick made contact with the puck before it crossed the line,” Kris King, the NHL’s executive vice president of hockey operations, said in an email.

Twelve seconds later, Dubois scored from the slot and the Kings took a 4-2 lead into intermission.

The Wild created a multitude of good scoring chances over the next 30 minutes, but none of them found the net, and Trevor Moore put the final nail in their coffin when he got a rebound on a blocked shot in the high slot and beat Fleury to score. the score was 5-2 at 10:13 of the third period.

Freddy Gaudreau hit a post in the first period. Joel Eriksson Ek made two point-blank shots from the crease, and a Hartman one-timer was deflected high. Zuccarello was stopped from the slot and a Brodin one-timer missed the net with 23.9 seconds left in the frame.

The Kings didn’t score until 2:39 into the first period when Carl Gundstrom took a pass from behind the net and headed to the right circle. His wrist shot deflected off Fleury and into the net for a 1-0 lead.

But the Wild tied it up pretty quickly when Jon Merrill fired a puck into the offensive zone from the glass and it bounced straight to a rushing Connor Dewar, who skated through the slot and fired a diagonal shot behind he who found the farthest corner to reach the goal. 1-1.

This gave the Wild some life and less than 2 minutes later they ended a long forecheck with a goal from Kirill Kaprizov. Jonas Brodin, who helped keep the puck on the Wild’s sticks with a timely pinch, returned to the high slot and fired a one-timer off a pass from Mats Zuccarello. Kaprizov, who scored his first goal of the season in Tuesday’s win at Montreal, redirected it past Cam Talbot for a 2-1 lead in the 8th minute.

The Kings challenged an offside call but lost on review, but the Wild couldn’t capitalize on the ensuing power play, although Freddy Gaudreau hit a crossbar and Los Angeles took back the initiative.

Gavrikov, thanks to the lunge, in front of Fleury, makes the score 2-2 with about 4 minutes to play in the first period. Vladislav Gavrikov tied the game with a shot through traffic from the slot that a masked Fleury never saw at 15:46, and the floodgates opened.

Kevin Fiala intercepted a pass on a Wild forecheck and fired an outlet pass behind the wall. Dubois passed Dewar in a race for the puck and attempted to kick it. But the puck went past his stick and somehow went between Fleury’s pads and into the net at 19:02.

The Wild’s defense tightened up in the second period and Minnesota generated several good scoring chances, but none of them went in. Joel Eriksson Ek hit two point-blank shots from the crease, and a Hartman one-timer was deflected high. Zuccarello was stopped from the slot and a Brodin one-timer missed the net with 23.9 seconds left in the frame.


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