The Minnesota Wild led nearly the entire way to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 Thursday at the Staples Center.

Mikko Koivu set a team road record by scoring on a wrap around just 24 seconds into the game.

The Wild built a 3-0 lead by the end of the second period with a goal early by Darroll Powe and one late by Marco Scandella.

Powe chipped a loose puck into an open net through several defenders for his goal. He later recorded his first two-point game as a member of the Wild with an assist on Cody Almond’s game-sealing tally.

For Almond, it was the first goal of the season and second of his career. Nick Johnson recorded his first two-point game of his NHL career with assists on the Powe and Almond goals.

Scandella scored on a delayed Kings penalty with a shot in the slot that cleanly beat Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.

Jeff Taffe was called up from the Houston Aeros earlier in the day and he recorded a point on his first shift with the Wild by throwing a cross-ice pass that found its way to Jared Spurgeon. Spurgeon fired a shot that was deflecting to end boards behind the goal where Koivu picked it up for a wrap around goal.

The Wild (19-7-3) continued to play its system and held the Kings without a great scoring chance until the second period.

Matt Hackett won his second game of the year in his first career start. He started his NHL career without allowing a goal for 102 minutes and 36 seconds. It is not officially known, but that may be an NHL record.

The Kings (13-11-4) cut two three-goal deficits to two, but never got close to tying the game.

The Wild had to call up Taffe to fill a wing on the top line with Koivu and Heatley prior to the game because of lower body injuries to Devin Setoguchi and Cal Clutterbuck. Mike Yeo probably put Taffe on the top line to avoid disrupting the other three lines. However, he had to do just that nearly five minutes into the second period when Kyle Brodziak was given a horrible major boarding penalty and game misconduct penalty.

The Wild’s third line center checked the front of Kings forward Anze Kopitar’s shoulder, which sent him awkwardly into the boards. Kopitar was in obvious pain, but not miss a shift. There was nothing illegal about the hit. The problem was that the referee calling the penalty was near the center-ice face off dot. That is the referee skating 80 to 90 feet away from the play making the call, not the guy 40 to 50 feet away.

Three Stars

No. 3 – Nick Johnson. The Wild forward recorded two assists.

No. 2 – Darroll Powe. The Wild forward recorded a goal and an assist.

No. 1 – Matt Hackett. The Wild goaltender got the win with a 42-save effort.


Minnesota       1 2 1 – 4

Los Angeles    0 0 2 – 2

       First Period – 1, Minnesota, Koivu 6 (Spurgeon, Taffe), :24. Penalties – Williams, LA (goaltender interference), 1:22.

       Second Period – 2, Minnesota, Powe 3 (N. Johnson, Brodziak), 1:25. 3, Minnesota, Scandella 3 (Heatley, Cullen), 16:02. Penalties – Brown, LA (interference), 4:10; Brodziak, Min, major (boarding), 4:48; Brodziak, Min (game misconduct), 4:48; Stoll, LA (holding the stick), 17:20; Kopitar, LA (hooking), 18:22; Almond, Min (high sticking), 19:41.

       Third Period – 4, Los Angeles, Penner 2 (J. Johnson, Kopitar), 3:59. 5, Minnesota, Almond 1 (N. Johnson, Powe), 11:42. 6, Los Angeles, Hunter 1 (Clifford, J. Johnson), 16:32. Penalties – None.

       Shots on goal – Minnesota 12-7-5 24. Los Angeles 13-13-18 44.

       Goalies – Minnesota, Hackett (42-44). Los Angeles, Quick (20-24). A – N/A. Referees – Brad Meier, Tim Peel. Linesmen – Bryan Pancich, Jay Sharrers.