Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter scored shootout goals for the Los Angeles Kings who rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. Carter and Drew Doughty scored regulation goals for Los Angeles which had just 18 shots. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves for the Kings including stops against Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu in the shootout. Matt Cooke and Jonas Brodin scored in regulation for Minnesota which had never lost a home opener in its first 12 seasons (11-0-1). After Quick stopped Parise Kopitar made a deke on Niklas Backstrom to score for the Kings. Quick then poked the puck away from Koivu on Minnesota's second attempt before Carter beat Backstrom with a backhand to complete the comeback. With the Kings trailing 2-1 Carter scored on a rebound of a shot by Matt Frattin at 13:14 of the third period to tie it. Minnesota got on the board just 64 seconds into the game when a centering pass from Kyle Brodziak deflected off Cooke's skate in the crease and past Quick. After a video review it was determined there was no kicking motion. Doughty tied it with a power-play goal at 7:40 of the first period with a one-timer from the top of the left circle that clanked off the far post and went in. Minnesota got its own power-play goal 10 minutes later to go up 2-1.
Kings take season opener in 3-2 shootout victory over Wild
Los Angeles Times | Oct 4