The Kings opened the 2013-14 season pretty much the way they’ve played the last two regular seasons. They played a patient, tight-checking game and pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild at St. Paul, Minn. Jeff Carter rallied the Kings with a third-period goal that tied the score at 2-all and then had the game-winner in the shootout.
Jonathan Quick gave up a pair of first-period goals, including Matt Cooke’s shot that was redirected into the net with his skate. The play was reviewed in the War Room in Toronto and it was upheld because it was determined that Cooke did not use a distinct kicking motion to put the puck in the back of the net.
Defenseman Drew Doughty countered with a power-play goal for the Kings, but Minnesota’s Jonas Brodin put the Wild ahead 2-1 with a strike while on the man-advantage. After a scoreless second period, the Wild lost track of Carter in front of their net and paid the price. Carter slammed the tying goal into the back of the net.
Quick stopped two shots in the shootout and Anze Kopitar and Carter scored.
The Kings play the Winnipeg Jets on Friday and then open their home schedule Monday against the New York Rangers at Staples Center.