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Wild use early goals to beat Kings 3-1 for 5th straight win

Kirill Kaprizov, Nick Bjugstad and Joel Eriksson Ek scored for the Wild, who ended the Kings’ six-game winning streak.
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Minnesota Wild right wing Ryan Hartman (38) shoots against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

The Minnesota Wild blitzed the Los Angeles Kings with three goals in a span of just over three minutes in the first period and held on to win 3-1 for their fifth straight victory. 

Kirill Kaprizov, Nick Bjugstad and Joel Eriksson Ek scored for the Wild, who ended the Kings’ six-game winning streak.

Minnesota’s last loss was to the Kings in Los Angeles on Feb. 16. 

That was Minnesota’s first game back after a two-week layoff due to COVID-19 protocols. 

Cam Talbot stopped 27 shots for the Wild and held the Kings scoreless until Jeff Carter’s goal late in the third period.