St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Carter tied the game late in the third period and beat Niklas Backstrom again in the shootout to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday in the season opener for both teams.
Drew Doughty also scored in regulation for the Kings and Jonathan Quick had 27 saves. Quick stopped both Minnesota skaters in the shootout, including a poke check on Mikko Koivu's try.
Anze Kopitar and then Carter beat Backstrom to the stick side in the shootout as the Kings became the first team to beat the Wild in their first true home game of the season.
The Wild had been 11-0-0 with one tie in home openers in Minnesota
Matt Cooke tallied 64 seconds into his Wild debut and Jonas Brodin also had a goal. Backstrom gave up two goals on 18 shots, including Carter's backhand try on a rebound with 6:46 left in regulation that sent the contest beyond regulation.