Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Center Anze Kopitar delivered the go-ahead goal with 4:48 left to carry the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday at Staples Center.
Dwight King fed a wide-open Kopitar from the boards after Trevor Lewis mucked it free as Los Angeles improved to 10-6-2 after completing a comeback from 1-0 deficit for its fifth straight win.
With the win, the Kings avenged their Feb. 10 loss to the Red Wings behind a game-winner with just 4.5 seconds remaining in the game.
Jeff Carter scored his 11th goal, Jonathan Bernier tallied 32 saves while Kopitar, Trevor Lewis, King and Mike Richards recorded an assist each and for the Kings.
Kyle Quincey returned from an ankle injury and scored his first goal since March 12, 2012 for the Red Wings, who slipped to 9-8-3 after losing six of their last eight games.
Jimmy Howard stopped 27 shots as the Red Wings saw their road power play drought reach 0-for-31, which matched the longest such stretch to start a season since 1938-39.
Quincey gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead at the 9:42 mark of the first period with a 50-foot slapshot.
The Red Wings looked headed for victory after Howard held the Kings scoreless in the first 40 minutes of action.
However, things began to unravel for the Red Wings in the third period when Quincey and Pavel Datsyuk were booked for roughing and delaying face-off, respectively.
The Kings then capitalized on Detroit’s two-man loss as Carter made a great redirect on Richards’ shot that slipped under Howard’s left pad at 10:26 to tie the game.
Then, Kopitar scored on a terrific leave-behind move against Howard to lift the Kings to victory.