Jonathan Quick highlighted his 40 save performance with a huge save off the Wild’s Zach Parise with just over 30 seconds remaining as Kings held on for a 2-1 win Sunday.
Tyler Toffoli opened the scoring late in the first period with his third of the season and setup Tanner Pearson in the third for the game winner.
Matt Cooke had the lone Wild goal.
Niklas Backstrom, who was making his regular season debut, made 14 saves in the loss.
The game had a bit of everything.
Midway through the second period, Wild defenseman Christian Folin hammered Anze Kopitar in the neutral zone. Mike Richards took exception and jumped in to fight the Wild rookie.
For his efforts, Richards got five for fighting, two minutes for instigating and a 10 minute misconduct.
Then late in the period, Wild forward Jason Zucker had a close call as a skate came up and nearly cut him in the face.
The Wild have won just one of their last three while the Kings have now won four straight.