Vilardi, Quick carry Kings to 1-0 win over Wild

Nov 8, 2022, 8:23 AM | Updated: 11:35 pm
Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) reacts as Los Angeles Kings center Gabriel Vilardi...

Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) reacts as Los Angeles Kings center Gabriel Vilardi (13) celebrates after scoring during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

              Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin (25) shoots during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              Minnesota Wild center Marco Rossi (23) and Los Angeles Kings left wing Kevin Fiala (22) reach for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              Los Angeles Kings players celebrate after center Gabriel Vilardi (13) scored during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 1-0. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) stops a shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              Minnesota Wild defenseman Jon Merrill (4) deflects a pass by Los Angeles Kings center Gabriel Vilardi (13) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              Los Angeles Kings center Gabriel Vilardi (13) celebrates with center Adrian Kempe (9) and center Anze Kopitar (11) after scoring during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
            
              Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) reacts as Los Angeles Kings center Gabriel Vilardi (13) celebrates after scoring during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gabe Vilardi scored his second consecutive game-winning goal, Jonathan Quick made 21 saves and the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Minnesota Wild 1-0 on Tuesday night.

It was a much different game than back in October, when the Kings won 7-6 at Minnesota.

“The last game we played against them was pretty crazy, back and forth. It’s kind of been like that throughout the years, so it’s good to put up a goose egg and play good in front of Quickie,” Kings defenseman Matt Roy said.

Vilardi beat Marc-Andre Fleury between his legs on a one-timer from the high slot with 6:03 left.

“In my mind, I want to stop them all, right? It doesn’t matter what the score is,” Fleury said. “Obviously, I wish I could have stopped that one and maybe dragged this one into overtime.”

That was all Quick needed as he posted his second shutout against the Wild and the 57th of his distinguished career. He is second among active goalies in shutouts, and Quick moved into a tie with early goaltending pioneer Clint Benedict of the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Maroons for 22nd in career shutouts.

Quick needs two more to move into the top 20 all-time.

“It’s a tough league when you’re trying to outscore teams, so we know we have it in us in that locker room to play that way,” he said. “And obviously, it starts with goaltending. You need to make saves when the team needs you.”

Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty had the assists on Vilardi’s 10th goal of the season to help the Kings earn their third straight home win.

Vilardi tied his career high in goals, hitting the mark in 15 games after needing 54 during the 2020-21 campaign.

Fleury stopped 29 shots in the loss.

“We did a lot of good things in this hockey game,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “We just didn’t get (to overtime) there, but our group played well enough to, I hate to say deserved better, but we should have been in a better position at the end.”

HACK AND SLASH

Kirill Kaprizov received a match penalty for a retaliatory cross-check to the jaw of Doughty with 5:12 remaining in the second period. Evason said Kaprizov’s frustration spilled over because of a lack of protection from the officials.

“He has the puck all the time,” Evason said. “He’s getting so much attention. He has it, he’s spinning back and forth, and there’s no calls. Even prior to that call, he’s getting cross-checked and mauled, and it’s like, he’s frustrated. We’re all frustrated because it’s not taken care of, and there’s rules. Obviously, we feel that there should be some more penalties called on a player of his stature who has the puck all the time. It’s not happening.”

NICE TO SEE YOU

The Wild welcomed back forward Jordan Greenway, who had appeared in only one of their first 11 games because of a troublesome left shoulder. He had surgery over the summer, keeping him out of training camp and the first three games of the season.

Greenway made his season debut Oct. 20 against Vancouver but lasted just 2:58 before sustaining an injury to the same shoulder unrelated to the offseason procedure.

NOTES: Wild F Marcus Foligno (upper body) participated in a morning skate and could return as soon as Friday at Seattle. … Kings F Quinton Byfield has been loaned to the AHL for a rehabilitation assignment after missing six games because of illness.

UP NEXT

Wild: At the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night to complete the Southern California back-to-back.

Kings: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

___

AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/nhl and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, left, talks to teammates during an NFL football practi...
Associated Press

Rust issues? Deshaun Watson’s long layoff could be factor

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Aside from battling the Houston Texans and some fans who are likely to taunt him, Deshaun Watson have another not-so-visible opponent in his first NFL game in nearly two years. Rust. 700 days worth of it. Watson will make his long-awaited debut Sunday for the Cleveland Browns after serving an 11-game […]
1 day ago
Spain's head coach Luis Enrique reacts during a training session at Qatar University, in Doha, Qata...
Associated Press

Spain coach Luis Enrique opens up at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Bicycle rides. Streaming sessions. Instagram posts. Honest talks about sex, politics and his late daughter. Luis Enrique, not long ago seen as one of the most uptight coaches in soccer, has opened up at the World Cup. He has been more accessible than ever in Qatar, showing his lighter side and […]
1 day ago
FILE - Uruguay's Luis Suarez, right, stops the ball with his hands to give away a penalty kick duri...
Associated Press

Suarez a World Cup great for Uruguay, ‘the devil’ for others

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The day before what was likely his last World Cup game, Luis Suarez walked into the room, sat down and placed himself squarely in the spotlight — again. Then a Ghanaian journalist let it all out: Ghana wants to “retire you,” he said to the Uruguay forward. You are “the devil […]
1 day ago
Crew members train for the Hoki Mai challenge, a voyage that covers almost 500 kilometers, or about...
Associated Press

Polynesian pride: Three-day canoe voyage in mid-Pacific

RAPA NUI, Chile (AP) — The causes are worthy, the course is daunting – almost 500 kilometers (about 300 miles) across a stretch of the Pacific Ocean in a large canoe. It’s the Hoki Mai Challenge, which started Saturday in Rapa Nui, a territory in the Pacific that is part of Chile and is better […]
1 day ago
Brazil's Alex Telles is injured during the World Cup group G soccer match between Cameroon and Braz...
Associated Press

Neymar expected to train again with Brazil at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Neymar is expected to train with Brazil again on Saturday while left back Alex Telles and forward Gabriel Jesus have been ruled out for the remainder of the World Cup after getting injured in the match against Cameroon. Neymar was expected to practice with the ball for the first time since […]
1 day ago
England's Phil Foden waves towards the fans after scoring his side's second goal during the World C...
Associated Press

Game of lies bonds England ahead of Senegal World Cup clash

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A card game that relies on the art of deception is strengthening the bond among England’s players ahead of their match against Senegal in the World Cup round of 16. Werewolf, a game of roleplay and deduction, has become a popular pastime for the squad between matches in Qatar. “It’s about […]
1 day ago
Vilardi, Quick carry Kings to 1-0 win over Wild