LOS ANGELES — Five different players scored goals in the first and second periods to lead the Los Angeles Kings to an easy 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on November 12.
Colin Fraser opened the scoring at 2:49 of the first period, netting his first goal of the season, and his first ever with the Kings. The game was scoreless for the remainder of the period, but the Kings exploded for four goals in the second period by Alec Martinez, Dustin Brown, Simon Gagne and Matt Greene, giving the Kings a 5-0 lead heading into the third period.
Cal Clutterbuck and Darron Powe got the Wild on the board, but after such an uninspired, lethargic effort in the first two-thirds of the game, the Wild who came into this game as the best defensive team in the National Hockey League, were never in the game from the opening face-off.
Josh Harding got the start in goal for the Wild, allowing four goals on 21 shots. Niklas Backstrom replaced Harding at the 11:44 mark of the second period, allowing one goal on 15 shots.
Jonathan Quick went all the way in goal for the Kings, allowing two goals on 26 shots.
During the second intermission, former Kings right wing and current television color commentator Jim Fox was presented with an American Flag that flew over the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C., along with a certificate of authenticity. United States Congressman Brad Sherman made the presentation to Fox during the Fox Sports West broadcast, in honor of Fox, along with his wife, Susie, becoming citizens of the United States of America in September.
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- Terry Murray coached in his 1,000th game tonight (494-377-129 all-time record). Murray is three wins behind Glen Sather for 17th all-time in NHL history.
- Twelve different Kings players recorded points in this game.
- The Kings scored four times in the second period. The last time they scored four in a period was December 27, 2010, in 4-0 win at San Jose).
- The Kings are now 5-1-1 in their last seven games vs. Minnesota at Staples Center.
- The Kings have now scored a power-play goal in 11 of 17 games this season
- The Kings are now 63-0-3 in their last 66 games when leading after two periods.
- With one assist, center Anze Kopitar has seven points in his last five games (two goals and five assists).
- With two assists, right wing Justin Williams has six assists/points in his last five games.
- Every Kings skater recorded at least one shot on goal in this game.
Raw Audio Interviews
(Extraneous material and dead air have been removed)
Dustin Brown (3:15)
Terry Murray (6:31)
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