LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Matt Hackett made 42 saves in his first NHL start and the Minnesota Wild set a franchise record with their sixth straight road victory, beating the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Thursday night.
Hackett, the 21-year-old nephew of former NHL goalie Jeff Hackett, made his debut Tuesday night at San Jose and stopped all 34 shots he faced in a relief role. He replaced Josh Harding 71 seconds into the game with a 1-0 deficit and enabled the Wild to pull out a 2-1 win.
Hackett stretched his string of consecutive saves to 65 on Thursday before Dustin Penner converted a rebound of Jack Johnson's shot from a sharp angle to the right of the net at 3:59 of the third period to cut Minnesota's lead to 3-1.
Mikko Koivu, Darroll Powe, Marco Scandella and recent call-up Cody Almond scored for Minnesota, which leads the NHL standings with 41 points and is off to the best start in the franchise's 11-year history at 19-7-3. The Wild have won 11 of their last 13 games, a stretch that b...