The Minnesota Wild did everything right, but score Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center.
The end result was a disappointing 3-2 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
The Wild had the advantage in shots on goal, puck possession time and scoring chances over the Kings for the entire game.
"It's encouraging," Matt Cooke said. "We played hard. We played physical. We carried the pace of play. If we play like that most nights we are going to win games."
The Wild (0-0-1) had their best chance to bury the winner with their third line on the ice in the final two minutes of the game, but could not get a handle on the puck.
"The puck kept bouncing back to us, but we couldn't get a clean shot," Cooke said. "I thought we had it. I thought we'd get a chance, but it didn't go in the net."
Cooke got the scoring started at the 1:04 mark of the first period by redirecting a shot by Kyle Brodziak into the net with his skate. The play was reviewed, but upheld as a goal.
"I knew that I didn't kick it, but I didn't know if I had a forward foot motion," Cooke said. "I really wasn't sure how it was going to go, either way."
After the Kings got a power play goal to tie the game, the Wild answered with one of their own.
Jonas Brodin one-timed a pass from Nino Niederreiter past Jonathan Quick. Niederreiter started the play by stealing the puck from Drew Doughty, who had just tripped him, and feathered a back-hand, saucer pass to Brodin in the high slot.
The Kings (1-0-0) are regarded to be a Stanley Cup contender, but the Wild did not give them many good looks.
"On (the defensive) side of the puck we played well," Zach Parise said. "We didn't give them a lot of good opportunities. That's a good sign."
Jeff Carter pounced on a rebound and knocked it past Niklas Backstrom midway through the third period to tie the game at two in the best scoring chance the Kings had all night.
The Wild return to action Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center to face the Anaheim Ducks.
No. 3 – Jonas Brodin. The Wild defenseman scored a goal.
No. 2 – Nino Niederreiter. The Wild forward recorded an assist.
No. 1 – Jeff Carter. The Kings forward scored the game-tying and shootout clinching goals.
Los Angeles…..1 0 1 0 – 3
Minnesota……..2 0 0 0 – 2
First Period – 1, Minnesota, Cooke 1 (Brodziak,Granlund), 1:04. 2, Los Angeles, Doughty 1 (Voynov, Kopitar), 7:40 (pp). 3, Minnesota, Brodin 1 (Niederreiter), 17:12 (pp). Penalties – Konopka, Min (delay of game-puck over glass), 6:09; Fraser, LA (boarding; served by Williams), 10:02. Fraser, LA, major (fighting), 10:02; Ballard, Min, major (fighting), 10:02; Niederreiter, Min (hooking), 12:06; Clifford, LA (boarding), 15:46.
Second Period – None. Penalties – Clifford, LA, major (fighting), 3:03; Konopka, Min, major (fighting), 3:03; Clifford, LA (tripping), 14:06.
Third Period – 4, Los Angeles, Carter 1 (Frattin, Regehr), 13:14. Penalties – Coyle, Min (face off violation), 1:52; Greene, LA (slashing), 8:23; Mitchell, LA (interference), 16:22.
Overtime – None. Penalties – None.
Shootout – Los Angeles: Kopitar (goal), Carter (goal). Minnesota: Parise (save), Koivu (miss).
Shots on goal – Los Angeles 8-3-6-1 18. Minnesota 11-13-5-0 29.
Goalies – Los Angeles, Quick (27-29). Minnesota, Backstrom (16-18). A – 18,511. Referees – Francis Charron, Brad Watson. Linesmen – Greg Devorski, Mark Schewchyk.