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NHL: Minnesota 4, Los Angeles 2

Dec. 9, 2011 at 1:13 AM

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Matt Hackett, making his first NHL start, took a shutout into the third period Thursday and made 42 saves in leading Minnesota to a 4-2 win over Los Angeles.

Minnesota won its sixth straight and dealt the Kings their third consecutive loss.

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Hackett, 21, played in an NHL game for the first time Tuesday when he came on to replace the injured Josh Harding in a 2-1 victory over San Jose. He had a 2.11 goals-against average with Houston of the American Hockey League this season.

His teammates helped things along by giving him a 3-0 lead through two periods. Mikko Koivu scored 24 seconds into the game on a wraparound shot and Darroll Powe and Marco Scandella added second-period goals.

Dustin Penner ended Hackett's bid to turn in a shutout in his first start, scoring on a wrist shot 3:59 into the third. Cody Almond restored Minnesota's three-goal lead with 8:18 to play.

Jonathan Quick gave up four goals on 25 shots.

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