LOS ANGELES (AP)—Tied early, Los Angeles and the Minnesota Wild droned on for two scoreless periods. Then lickety-split, the game was over, and the Kings lost again.
Marian Gaborik scored his first goal of the season 25 seconds into overtime, helping Minnesota to a 2-1 victory Wednesday night for its franchise-record sixth consecutive win.
“We tried to work a give-and-go, and it worked out perfectly,” he said.
Captain Brian Rolston scored the Wild’s 1,000th regular-season goal in the first period.
The Kings dropped their fourth straight, managing one goal in each of the losses. Rob Blake, in his second stint with the Kings this season, has yet to notch a point in seven games.
“It is always tough to lose in overtime,” Kings captain Mattias Norstrom said. “At this time though, there is no reason to kick ourselves too hard. We can at least walk away and say, `OK, guys, I think we are on the right track.”’
Pavol Demitra set up Gaborik’s game-winner, skating up the right side and sending a pass to Gaborik, who was being closely chased by a Kings’ defender.
The puck careened off Gaborik’s right skate as he approached the net, and the momentum carried it past Kings goalie Dan Cloutier, who stopped 25 shots in regulation. Gaborik’s shot was the first of overtime.
“That’s what we do every day in practice,” Demitra said. “We had a couple of chances in the last five seconds.”
Demitra’s assist gave him a point in all six games this season, and extended his assist streak to six games. He was traded by Los Angeles to Minnesota in June for Patrick O’Sullivan.
Demitra said it felt different walking into the visitors’ dressing room.
“I have a lot of friends here, and I like the fans,” he said. “I had a great time here last year.”
Wild goalie Manny Fernandez improved to 5-0-0, making 34 saves in regulation.
“They’re a really hungry team and they work really hard,” he said. “This is our first road game, so it took us a little longer. It was a lot easier to win at home than it was to come in here and play against a team that works that hard.”
The Kings outshot the Wild 35-26 in regulation, and Minnesota, the NHL’s top-rated power-play unit, finished 0-for-6.
Rolston’s goal at 10:09 of the first period gave the Wild a 1-0 lead.
The Kings tied the game at 18:26 of the same period on O’Sullivan’s first NHL goal, which survived a video review.
“He’s going to be a goal-scorer in this league,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “Our growth is all in our young forwards.”
The Kings completed their season-opening six-game homestand with one sellout. Wednesday’s announced crowd of 14,617 was the third time in five games that the team drew less than 15,000. … The last time the Wild had won five in a row was last January.