In an action-packed game full of highlight-reel plays, the Los Angeles Kings emerged victorious over the Minnesota Wild with a 3-2 win, largely due to a dazzling hat trick from star player Connor McDavid. Mika Zibanejad and Drew Doughty played crucial roles in the Kings' win, earning the second and third stars of the game, respectively.

Period 1: McDavid Sets the Pace

The first period opened with both teams displaying a relentless pursuit of the puck. After a series of back-and-forth plays, McDavid found the back of the net at 13:44, with a crisp pass from Zibanejad and a perfect setup from Doughty. The period saw several penalties, including a high-sticking minor against Chiarot and roughing minors against Tkachuk and Schwartz. As the period closed, the Kings held a 1-0 lead.

Period 2: Wild Strikes Back

The second period began with the Wild maintaining pressure on the Kings' defense. At 15:06, Lauzon broke through with a quick wrist shot that beat Ullmark, thanks to Zegras' pinpoint pass. The period was marked by a boarding penalty and game misconduct against the Wild's Hronek, which was served by Elias Pettersson. The Wild's aggressive forechecking helped keep the Kings at bay, ending the second period with a 1-1 tie.

Period 3: McDavid Clinches the Win

The third period saw the Kings regain momentum, with McDavid scoring his second goal at 05:43 after a beautiful tic-tac-toe play with Doughty and Zibanejad. The Wild answered back at 11:36, as Pageau capitalized on a Kings turnover and fired an unassisted goal past Ullmark. McDavid would not be denied, though. At 18:13, with the Kings on a power play, Barabanov and Petry set up McDavid for a one-timer, allowing him to complete his hat trick and seal the victory for the Kings.

Goaltenders Carter Hart and Linus Ullmark put on impressive performances, with Hart making 33 saves out of 36 shots for the Wild and Ullmark stopping 17 of 19 shots for the Kings.