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Anze Kopitar's 4-point night, Alec Martinez's goal lead LA Kings past Red Wings, 4-2 @NHLdotcom

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Anze Kopitar had a power-play goal and three assists, and Alec Martinez scored the tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period of the Los Angeles Kings' seventh win in nine games, 4-2 over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.

Tyler Toffoli scored his 20th goal and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves as the Kings pushed their Pacific Division lead to 11 points with a gritty win over the Red Wings, whose four-game winning streak ended.

Milan Lucic had two assists and Dwight King added an empty-net goal for the Kings, who have earned 15 points in nine games since Christmas.

Tomas Tatar and Alexey Marchenko scored late in the first period in the Red Wings' first loss on their six-game road trip, which ends Thursday at Arizona.

Kopitar had his second three-point game of an up-and-down season for Los Angeles' top-line centre. He tied it late in the second period and helped to set up Martinez's go-ahead goal as Los Angeles rallied to beat Detroit for just the second time in seven meetings.

Jimmy Howard stopped 27 shots after getting pulled from his previous two starts, but the former starter remained winless in six appearances since Dec. 3. He hasn't won a road game since Nov. 21.

Toffoli scored 2:59 in, wrapping up the second 20-goal season of his young career with 40 games left in the season.

Tatar evened it late in the period, and Marchenko followed up 2 1/2 minutes later with a long shot past Quick. Marchenko's goal was his first in 36 games this season and the second of the Russian defenceman's NHL career.

Darren Helm and Pavel Datsyuk picked up assists on both Detroit goals.

Kopitar evened it late in the second with a long shot past Lucic's screen. The Kings' star centre hadn't scored goals in back-to-back games since late October.

Martinez then ended a 14-game goal drought with a long shot past Howard just 1:28 into the third for the Michigan native's fifth goal of the season.

NOTES: Detroit D Kyle Quincey returned from a 35-game absence with an ankle injury. He hadn't played since Oct. 23. ... Red Wings LW Drew Miller headed home to Detroit after the club put him on long-term injured reserve with a torn meniscus in his knee. Miller was injured Sunday night at Anaheim in his second game back from a 14-game absence with a broken jaw. ... Vincent Lecavalier took on more responsibility in his third game for the Kings, centring a line with Stanley Cup-winning veterans Trevor Lewis and Dwight King. ... John McEnroe, actor Kevin Dillon and Jerry Bruckheimer attended the game.

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