Wild learns first-round foe before losing to Dustin Brown and the Kings in OT

April 6, 2018 GMT

Los Angeles Its been nearly three months since the Wild squared off against the Jets, the teams opponent in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs a matchup that was finalized when the Predators locked up the Central Division title, hemming the Jets into the second seed ahead of the third-place Wild.

And while the Jets are a unique challenge, one of only four teams in the NHL to eclipse 50 wins, it looked like the Wild received a refresher course on their style via the Kings.

Like Winnipeg, Los Angeles is meaty. Its players can skate, and the defense is stout.

Time will tell how the Wild fares against the Jets version of this combination, but it didnt bow down to the Kings chipping away at a third-period deficit to earn a hard-fought point in a 5-4 overtime loss Thursday at Staples Center to sit 0-1-1 on its season-ending road trip through California that wraps Saturday in San Jose.


Kings winger Dustin Brown scored his fourth on the game on a blistering one-timer only 23 seconds into the extra period after completing a hat trick in under two periods of play.

Center Eric Staal put the rally in motion just 5:42 into the third when he scored off a one-timer, his 41st of the season that put him one shy of Marian Gaboriks record for the most in a season in Wild history.

An unlikely contributor in an unexpected scenario delivered the tying goal, as defenseman Nate Prosser finished off a shorthanded break at 9:42 by wiring the puck by goalie Jonathan Quick for just his third goal of the season.

The Kings had a glorious chance to resume control of the game on a late five-on-three look, but they couldnt cash in until Browns game-winner in overtime. Los Angeles finished 1-for-5 with the man advantage. The Wild went 0-for-1.

This wasnt the first time the Wild had to rally.

Brown scored his first on the first shot of the game, deflecting a Christian Folin shot by goalie Alex Stalock just 55 seconds after puck drop.

The Wild responded soon after, at 3:12, when defenseman Ryan Murphys shot slid through traffic and eluded Quick, and only 1:50 later, the Wild took the lead when winger Mikael Granlund fed defenseman Matt Dumba for a one-timer the third goal for Dumba in his last five games.

Although that score held for the rest of the period, flashes of a Kings rally were there. The Wild went nearly 10 minutes without a shot after moving ahead.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, earned solid looks in front of Stalock, and it finally converted amid a string of three power plays in the second period.

Two of those penalties against the Wild overlapped, giving the Kings a five-on-three advantage for 1:19. And they capitalized, with Brown directing in a Jeff Carter pass 7:42 into the second.

Later in the period, the Kings retook the lead on a redirect by winger Tobias Rieder at 12:57 and Brown capped off a dominant period by Los Angeles, which outshot the Wild 14-4, with his third goal of the game at 19:10 when he wired a wrister by Stalock that appeared to clip defenseman Jonas Brodin before scooting in the net.

Both goalies had 23 saves.