Sports Kaprizov, Wild stay hot with 4-2 win over Kings

13:35  24 april  2021
13:35  24 april  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

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Kirill Kaprizov scored twice and Cam Talbot made 40 saves in the Wild 's sixth straight win , a 4 - 2 victory against the Kings .

Kaprizov scored two goals on six shots in Friday's 4 - 2 win over the Kings . Kaprizov opened the scoring at 7:44 of the first period with his 20th goal of the season. He didn't stay on a round number for long, burying goal No. 21 on the power play in the second period. The rookie winger is up to 40 points (10 on the power play), 123 shots on net and a plus-7 rating in 46 outings.

LOS ANGELES — Minnesota Wild rookie Kirill Kaprizov showed how good he could on opening night against the Los Angeles Kings and hasn’t slowed down.

  Kaprizov, Wild stay hot with 4-2 win over Kings © Provided by The Canadian Press

Three months later, with the Kings battling to keep their playoff hopes alive, the electric Russian forward still got the best of them.

Kaprizov had two goals and the Wild beat the Kings 4-2 Friday night for their sixth straight win.

“I know I’m biased, but he’s putting together a Calder season,” Wild forward Nick Bonino said. “I think he’s got the most goals and points, and he’s obviously a threat every time he’s on the ice. His goals are pretty amazing. That first goal, pretty fun to watch.”

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If not for the presence of the Wild 's charter bus, it's safe to say the Los Angeles Kings would happily volunteer to drive Kirill Kaprizov to LAX following Minnesota's 4 - 2 win at Staples Center on Friday night. "That's why I tend to stay off the ice for most of the optional practices," said Wild goaltender Cam Talbot . "He tends to go out there, so I don't have to face him and it keeps my confidence up. He's a special player and he can do so many different things with it." With the game tied in the second, Kaprizov struck again, this time looking off Bonino then rifling a no-look shot over Petersen's glove to

The Minnesota Wild sensation made a crazy, between-the-legs move to open the scoring in the Wild 's 4 - 2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday. Kaprizov took a pass from teammate Jared Spurgeon [who had forced a turnover at the blueline] and bolted up the right side of the boards. He completely baffled Kings defenseman Mikey Anderson with a move where he put the puck through his own legs, then skated around him and scored, burying the puck past Kings goalie Calvin Petersen .

Joel Eriksson Ek and Nico Strum also scored as the Wild improved to 9-2-1 in their past 12 games. Cam Talbot made 40 saves.

Trevor Moore and Anze Kopitar scored for the Kings, who have gone 26 games without consecutive wins but are still five points behind Arizona for the final playoff spot in the West Division. Cal Petersen made 20 saves.

“It’s too bad we couldn’t bury a couple more,” Kings centre Gabriel Vilardi said. “I thought we had some really good chances and good looks out there. Yeah, it’s just one game. We got to keep going. We play tomorrow (against Arizona), big game.”

Strum scored into an open goal to make it 3-1 at 11:19 of the third after Nick Bonino’s wraparound shot went through the crease.

Kopitar’s wraparound goal cut it to 3-2 nearly 4 minutes later.

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Kirill Kaprizov makes an unbelievable move to get past the defense as he cruises in and scores his 20th goal for a 1-0 Wild lead in the 1st. MIN@LAK: Kaprizov scores PPG for second goal of game. Talbot, Foligno lift Wild to 4 -1 win over Coyotes.

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The Kings had chances to tie in the closing minutes after Jonas Brodin put the puck over the glass for delay of game, but Eriksson Ek got an empty-netter at 19:50.

“It was probably the best night of attacking we’ve had in a long time,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “We shot the puck, we got it back, created a lot in and around the net, scrambles, just didn’t find a way to either keep one out of our net or get the extra one. I don’t have a lot of complaints about our play tonight.”

Kaprizov’s rookie season started with three points and scoring the winning goal in overtime against the Kings in his NHL debut on Jan. 14, and the favourite for the Calder Trophy continued to ravage them. He left defenceman Mikey Anderson practically flat-footed before cutting in on goal and sneaking a shot under Petersen’s arm to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead 7:46 into the game.

“He’s just so creative,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “You know, the way that he gains speed literally without moving his legs is pretty special, so he can do some special things and we’ve seen them all this year, and I look forward to seeing a lot more.”

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The Kings would score the next three goals to take a 3-1 lead into the final period, but Kaprizov would play a big part in the Wild 's rally. The rookie forward corralled the puck behind the Kings ' cage and managed to elude a defender, creating plenty of space at the bottom of the right circle before dishing to Victor Rask in the slot. Bonino, as well as linemates Zach Parise and Nico Sturm have been a big reason why the Wild has continued its torrid play on home ice, as the Wild 's fourth line scored two of the team's three goals in a 3- 2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Friday night at Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild scored two goals in the third period of Thursday's season opener against the Kings , with Kirill Kaprizov scoring the game winner with 1:13 remaining in overtime of his NHL debut for his first career goal. With an assist Saturday on Johansson's game- winning score, he has four points over his first two games. The Wild will be playing the third game of their four-game road trip to start the season, they but are making the best of it with dramatic victories and 80-degree temperatures in the Los Angeles area.

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It was Kaprizov’s 20th goal, the first rookie in franchise history to reach the mark. He is also the first Wild rookie to score in four consecutive games.

But the Kings tied it up 1-all with less than a second remaining in the period on Moore’s eighth goal when he buried a one-timer outside the crease.

Kaprizov put the Wild back in front 2-1 with a power-play goal at 6:41 of the second. It was his seventh power-play goal, claiming another Wild rookie record, and third multi-goal game.

“We’re getting scoring from everyone, from the power play,” Bonino said. "We’re killing penalties. Goaltending is great, obviously. So it’s been a good six games here.”


Kaprizov had six goals and three assists in the eight-game season series against Los Angeles. Minnesota won each of the five games in which Kaprizov scored en route to a 6-2-0 record.

“He’s going to be, at least in my opinion, the rookie of the year for a good reason,” McLellan said. “Minnesota’s lucky to have him, we’re lucky to have him as a league, and he’s a heck of a player.”


Minnesota’s special teams made the difference, going 1 for 2 on the power play and keeping Los Angeles scoreless in two chances. The Wild have the NHL’s best power play in April, leading the league in goals (16) and conversion percentage (43.2).


Despite winning four of their past 13 games, the Kings have actually made up ground in the playoff race heading into their critical showdown against the Coyotes on Saturday.

“We didn’t climb tonight, but we didn’t fall, that’s a good thing, so we get another chance tomorrow,” McLellan said. “We put the same type of effort in and the same type of game and we’ll win our share.”


Wild: At San Jose on Saturday.

Kings: Host Arizona on Saturday.


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