The Minnesota Wild fell in their season opener to the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in a shootout Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center. It is the first time in franchise history that the team lost their home opener at the X.
It didn't take the Wild long to get on the board when former villain Matt Cooke deflected a shot into the net for his first goal in a Minnesota sweater just 1:04 into the game. Drew Doughty tied the game later in the period when his slap shot beat Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom. Jonas Brodin gave the Wild the lead on the powerplay when he took a pass from Nino Niederreiter and snapped it past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.
After a scoreless second period that saw the Wild outshoot the Kings 13-3, the Kings tied the game late in the third when Jeff Carter found a loose puck and beat Backstrom with the backhand.
Carter and Anze Kopitar tallied in the shootout to give the Kings the victory.
The Wild (0-0-1) stay home and will face Anaheim (0-1-0) on Saturday night.