Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/6/13

Slava Voynov, Justin Williams and Matt Frattin (Photo credit: winnipegsun.com) The Los Angeles Kings began their season with a mini road trip to Minnesota and Winnipeg. The Kings first traveled to Minnesota to face the Wild and they were sluggish to say the least. The Kings were outshot in the first and second period a combined 24 to 11. Minnesota was able to take the lead after the first, going up 2 to 1. It was evident that Minnesota had improved since last season and they were looking to make a statement in front of their home crowd. The Kings were dominated in the first 2 periods, but Drew Doughty was able to get a goal for the Kings. LA held around all game, as the Wild were not able to increase their lead in the 3rd. There were only a total of 11 shots by both teams in the 3rd, but the Kings were able to capitalize on a late opportunity. Leading scorer from last season, Jeff Carter pounced on a rebound and sent home the tying goal. The score stayed tied at 2 in regulation and in overtime and it was all decided in a shootout. Jonathan Quick capped off his masterful night by stopping both of Minnesota’s attempts. Both Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter scored for the Kings to seal their first victory of the season. The Kings then traveled the next day to Winnipeg to play the Jets. The Kings came out with more energy and were mostly in the Jets zone for the first few minutes. LA peppered Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec with shot after shot, but were only able to get one shot by him. Defender Matt Greene scored on a power play as the Kings took the lead in the 1st. The Kings outshot the Jets 18 to 7 in the 1st, but the Jets were able to tie the game up late in the period with a long shot from Evandar Kane. The 2nd featured less shots and goals, but continued at a fast pace. The Jets had more of the possession in this period and scored the only goal of the period by way of center Oli Joikinen. The 3rd period also went the Jets way as they tacked on 2 more goals to spread their lead to 4 to 1. The Kings still had fight in them and cut the deficit to only 1 as both Justin Williams and Jeff Carter scored on separate power plays. Los Angeles kept the pressure on until the last minute when the Jets scored an empty netter. The final score was 5 to 3. There are a few positives to take back from this road trip. First, the Kings have fight in them, a never say die attitude as they came back in Minnesota to get the win and made it close in Winnipeg. Second, the talent is evident on this team from the back to the front. Anybody can score at any time for this team. Lastly, the power play will be a strength for the Kings as 4 of their 5 goals came on the power play. The Kings however do need to work on getting back on defense as specifically the Jets exploited this by countlessly have an advantage on their counter attacks. Going 1 and 1 on this road trip is okay to begin the season, but the Kings have to keep improving and reduce the mistakes. Next up for LA is their home opener on Monday night against the New York Rangers. For more hockey content, visit our NHL page

The Worst - NFL Week 3: Steve Smith, Odell Beckham & of course the Browns
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sixers rookie Ben Simmons has fracture in foot

Olympic wrestler turned ISIS recruit killed in U.S. drone strike

Report: Jamaal Charles to play Sunday against Steelers

Dez Bryant says he will not play Sunday against 49ers

Bill O’Brien officially rules J.J. Watt out for season


Report: Eric Decker out Sunday with partial tear in rotator cuff

Report: Browns planning to part ways with Josh Gordon

Noah skips dinner at West Point because he's anti-war

Giants could use wide receiver at safety against Vikings

Ryan Tannehill does not mince words regarding offense

Russell Wilson on playing Sunday against Jets: ‘No doubt’

WATCH: Is it time for the Jaguars to fire Gus Bradley?

Combing through the crowded 2016 MLB MVP races

The Blue Jays and the meaning of a late season freefall

CFB Crash Course: Week 5 - Less one Les

Box Score: 9/30 - Dolphins, Popovich and MLB umps

Seven most absurd stats heading into NFL Week 4

Antonio Brown to honor Arnold Palmer with custom cleats

The best and worst from the 2016 World Cup of Hockey

Players Jurgen Klinsmann may call up for USMNT friendlies

Byron Scott has no relationship with D’Angelo Russell

Steve Kerr favors shorter NBA preseason to limit back-to-backs

Flaws of MLB replay system exposed in Cardinals’ victory

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Is it time for the Jaguars to fire Gus Bradley?

Combing through the crowded 2016 MLB MVP races

The Blue Jays and the meaning of a late season freefall

CFB Crash Course: Week 5 - Less one Les

NBA winners and losers: Gregg Popovich as a voice of reason

WATCH: Will LSU have to sell its soul to find its next head coach?

The clubhouse leaders for MLB Rookies of the Year

Goodbye, Ted: 20 years of highs and lows at Turner Field

Forza Horizon 3 review: Going Top Gear

NFL Kickoff Week 4: Guess what? The NFL is dying again

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker