Anze Kopitar's goal at 4:04 of overtime gave the Kings a 3-2 win against the Wings on Saturday, giving Los Angeles back-to-back wins and sending the Wings back to Detroit with a 2-0-1 mark on their three-game swing through California.
Alec Martinez started the winning play by deflecting a pass by Nicklas Lidstrom and triggering an odd-man rush. Martinez drove to the net and opened space for Dustin Brown, who carried into the zone and dished to Kopitar for a one-timer from the right circle that goaltender Chris Osgood had no chance to stop.
The Kings won for the second time in three nights and beat the Wings for the third time in a row despite twice trailing by a goal.
"It shows we have a lot of character," Kopitar said of the win against the top team in the Western Conference. "Those guys over there are anything but a bad team. They have a lot of firepower. We got down, we battled back twice. It's a big win for us."
Kings coach Terry Martinez said Martinez, a rookie trying to earn more playing time, was the key to Kopitar's goal.
"He made the winning goal happen," Murray said. "Martinez is making himself a good player. He's got nice skills, he can really skate, he shoots the puck really well, he's got nice vision and he's starting to do a really nice job on the defending part of it. You see the winning goal, the way he broke up the play and started the attack out of the zone, then drives to the net, backing the defenseman off that opened everything up for Brown to make the pass to Kopi."
Osgood made 22 saves in his first game since Oct. 30. He missed 13 with a groin injury.
"I thought Ozzie made some good saves," coach Mike Babcock said. "It was a shame we couldn't get him a win."
Detroit, which also won 5-3 at San Jose on Tuesday, had to settle for an almost-perfect trip.
"We got one point -- they played well, and I thought we played well too," forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "One team has to win.
"We wanted to get the two points, and we didn't want to sit back and play for a shootout. You've got to gamble a bit."
Detroit, now 14-0-1 when scoring first, took a 1-0 lead with Ericsson's goal at 15:19 of the first period. Kopitar had trouble controlling a bouncing puck in the neutral zone, and Pavel Datsyuk carried it into the Kings' zone. Jonathan Quick got his right leg on Datsyuk's shot from the top of the right circle, but Ericsson popped in the rebound.
Justin Williams tied it 24 seconds into the second, redirecting Rob Scuderi's slap shot from the left point past Osgood's stick. The tie lasted just 48 seconds before Todd Bertuzzi put in a rebound of Johan Franzen's short backhander after Kings defenseman Matt Greene was bumped off the puck in the left corner.
Martinez got the Kings even again at 7:18 with a wrist shot from the left point that changed direction after hitting a Detroit player.
"I thought we did a lot of good things tonight, to give ourselves a chance to win," Babcock said. "We just didn't get it done."
The Red Wings, who had only one power play in Friday's 4-0 win at Anaheim, were 0 for 2 with the man advantage against Los Angeles. The Kings are the only team not to allow a power-play goal at home, killing all 43 chances this season.
Material from team media and wire services was used in this report
|Jonathan Ericsson (2) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (21)|
1 - 0 DET
|Justin Williams (10) ASST: Rob Scuderi (6), Anze Kopitar (14)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Todd Bertuzzi (5) ASST: Johan Franzen (8)|
2 - 1 DET
|Alec Martinez (2) ASST: Peter Harrold (3), Justin Williams (15)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Anze Kopitar (10) ASST: Dustin Brown (7), Alec Martinez (1)|
3 - 2 LAK
|Alec Martinez Hi-sticking against Johan Franzen|
|Chris Osgood Delaying the game|
|Ruslan Salei Interference against Brad Richardson|
|Kyle Clifford Tripping against Pavel Datsyuk|