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The Wild fell to 12-30 in OT play since the start of the 2015-16 season.
The Wild put 20 shots on goal in the first period, but was at its best in the third when it wrapped up a home victory, just the sixth game at Xcel Energy Center this season, thanks to Jordan Greenway's first goal of the season.
After coming over to the Wild from Nashville last season, Kevin Fiala signed a two-year, $6 million contract.
The Wild ended their four-game, 10-day road trip against one of the few teams below it in the standings. But the Kings took a two-goal lead and held on to win.
General manager Bill Guerin likes the team's chemistry but noted: "We need to be more consistent with our effort. … The game starts at 7, and sometimes we show up at 7:45."
Minnesota again allowed the first two goals but rebounded to pick up the road win.
The Wild, as one of the oldest teams in the league with eight players in their 30s and an average age of 28.5, tries to take advantage of the benefits of maturity.
Martin Jones' right pad blocked both shots from Zach Parise late in Thursday's game, helping to preserve a 6-5 goal-a-thon that ended in photo-finish fashion in San Jose's favor.
The 6-foot-6 225-pound forward set the tone with a physical shift in the second period.
Many of the foes facing the Wild on this 10-day expedition to California and Arizona are in the same position it is — trying to restore their reputation as a competitive threat.