Dustin Brown had three goals and an assist, and the Los Angeles Kings stretched their winning streak to five games with a 7-3 win against the visiting Minnesota Wild on Saturday afternoon.
The Kings haven’t won five in a row since an eight-game winning streak from Nov. 25-Dec. 9, 2017.
Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists, and Cal Petersen made 25 saves for Los Angeles, which is 8-2-1 since Feb. 12.
Marcus Foligno had a goal and an assist, Mats Zuccarello had two assists, Jared Spurgeon and Luke Kunin also scored, and Alex Stalock made 28 saves for the Wild, who missed a chance to move back into a wild-card spot in the Western Conference standings.
Kunin slapped in a loose puck to make it 4-3 with 4:25 left, but the Kings scored three goals in the final 2:13.
Brown scored with 2:13 remaining, then completed his sixth NHL hat trick by scoring into an empty net with 1:13 remaining. Gabriel Vilardi scored with a minute left to make it 7-3.
The Kings scored two goals 53 seconds apart in the second period to take a 3-1 lead.
Blake Lizotte scored short-handed at 7:36 to make it 2-1.
Adrian Kempe stole Alex Galchenyuk’s centering pass in the Los Angeles zone and took the puck all the way down the right side on a two-on-one before centering to Lizotte for the redirection.
Trevor Moore then stole the puck from Brad Hunt at the red line and scored on a breakaway at 8:29 to stretch the lead to 3-1.
Four minutes into the third period, Brown got to a loose puck in front of the crease and scored to make it 4-1.
Spurgeon cut the lead back to 4-2 with a wrist shot from the top of the right circle at 5:33.
The Kings took a 1-0 lead at 5:16 of the first period when Kopitar put in a rebound off a three-on-two rush.
Foligno scored 12 seconds into the second period to tie it 1-1.
—Field Level Media