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Rookie Kirill Kaprizov scores OT game-winner in season opener

The 23-year-old playing in his first NHL game for the Wild also had a pair of assists.
Credit: AP
Minnesota Wild left wing Kirill Kaprizov, right, scores against Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick during overtime in an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

LOS ANGELES — Rookie forward Kirill Kaprizov scored his first NHL goal with 1:13 remaining in overtime and finished with three points as the Minnesota Wild rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in the season opener for both teams. 

The 23-year-old Russian scored on a breakaway, putting the puck past Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick.

Kaprizov, who is the third Russian-born player to make his NHL debut with the Wild, also had a pair of assists. 

He was a fifth-round selection by Minnesota in 2015 before signing a two-year, entry-level contract last summer. 

Minnesota trailed 3-1 after two periods before rallying.

The Wild play the Kings again on Saturday in Los Angeles.