LOS ANGELES (AP) – Some goals are more memorable than others. Marian Gaborik and Anze Kopitar combined on a Tuesday night that they will not soon forget.
Gaborik scored twice in the third period to lead the Los Angeles Kings past the Minnesota Wild 5-2 for his sixth straight win.
The second goal of the night for Gaborik, 35, gave him 400 points for his career. He came out of an assistance from Kopitar, his 500th in the NHL.
"They asked me who gets the record." Kings coach John Stevens said
"I'm happy for those guys, Kopi has been a horse all year, it's impressive for me to see that kind of number with Gabby at her age and the injuries she has struggled, to be that good player, it's logical that those two guys are associated in a milestone like that. "
Jake Muzzin, Adrian Kempe and Kopitar also scored for Los Angeles, which was released for four goals in the third period. Jonathan Quick made 19 saves.
Charlie Coyle and Tyler Ennis scored for Minnesota. Devan Dubnyk stopped 23 shots.
The Kings are the best team in the third quarter of the NHL, so their attack was hardly a surprise for Wild.
"You knew they are over 23 in the third and leading the league in that," said coach Bruce Boudreau. "When they put their push, we just did not do anything about it."
The Kings now have a plus-27 in the third.
"That was probably the third-best period we've had this year," Stevens said.
Kopitar added an empty net goal to go with his two assists. He has 15 goals this season.
"We were able to block the game," Kopitar said. "They did not have much in the third, and I think we did a good job."
Wild played well enough in the first two periods to take a 2-1 lead in the third.
Los Angeles tied a 2 on 1 break, with Kopitar giving Gaborik a late feed for his first goal.
"You do not want to give them life or anything to feel good about," Dubnyk said. "The 2-in-1 from the blue line obviously made a good play, they feel good, the energy in the building is high and they start to come back in. That's a good hockey team."
Kings took a 3-2 lead in a fluke goal. Kempe fired a shot that was blocked by Dubnyk, but the deflection left the skate of Jonas Brodin of Minnesota and entered the net.
"If we had not played the record, it will go to the corner," Boudreau said. "For me, that's frustrating."
Gaborik's goal also had some help. After receiving another pass from Kopitar after a showdown, his shot was deflected off Matt Dumba's stick from Minnesota and then close to the post before hitting the net.
Boudreau said there was interference in the play that the officials could not call.
Wild's coach also thought that his team was missing something.
"They do not have the self-confidence that I think we had last year," he said. "When our third period came, they just knew they were going to win, now all the games have been a battle."
NOTES: The Kings remain unbeaten in regulation when they score more than three goals (14-0-2). . Gaborik did not start on the front line with Kopitar, but they changed late in the second period. "I'm feeling more comfortable with each game, obviously the lines change, but it's a long season, whatever it takes to win games, he made a good click for us tonight," Gaborik said. … Minnesota had won four out of six.
Wild: Go on the highway to play Anaheim on Thursday.
Reyes: Stay home to receive Ottawa on Wednesday.
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