Matt Hackett made 42 saves in his first career start and Darroll Powe recorded a goal and an assist as the visiting Minnesota Wild coasted to a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
Mikko Koivu, Marco Scandella and Cody Almond also scored for the Wild, who have won six straight and 11 of 13. Minnesota leads the NHL with 41 points.
Powe scored from the doorstep at the 1:25 mark of the second period after the Wild had created a turnover in the Los Angeles zone. Jonathan Quick was caught out of the net after a rebound and Powe slipped his third goal into the open left side.
Minnesota center Kyle Brodziak drew a game misconduct and a boarding call shortly after Powe’s goal when he came up from behind Anze Kopitar and delivered a shoulder-to-shoulder hit. The shot sent Kopitar into the boards head first as he was about to receive a pass.
Scandella scored the game-winner later in the second. Dany Heatley sent a pass into the slot, where Scandella shot through a crowd past Quick.
Hackett allowed the first goal of his career at the 3:59 mark of the third, when Dustin Penner got a rebound in the slot and snapped it into an open net. Hackett had gone the first 102:10 of his career without allowing a tally.