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Kings rally to defeat Red Wings on Iafallo OT goal

Scores at 23 seconds to deny Detroit fourth win in row; Kempe ties it for L.A. late in third

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

Kings rally to win in overtime

DET@LAK: Kempe, Iafallo complete comeback for OT win

Adrian Kempe scores with less than two minutes remaining to force overtime, where Alex Iafallo pots the game-winner just 23 seconds in

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LOS ANGELES -- Alex Iafallo scored 23 seconds into overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 3-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Staples Center on Thursday.

He was at the left post to knock in the puck after Drew Doughty's shot caromed off the glass behind the Detroit net.

Adrian Kempe scored with a backhand off the rebound of Matt Roy's shot to tie the game 2-2 for Los Angeles with 1:48 remaining in the third period and goalie Jonathan Quick pulled for the extra attacker.


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"We stuck with it," said Iafallo, who had an assist for the third straight game. "Everybody was making the right plays. Most of the shifts in that third, we were buzzing and getting the puck in deep and going to work, so it was good for us and gave us momentum at the end there."

Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists, and Quick made 19 saves for the Kings (7-11-1), who were coming off a 3-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and have consecutive wins for the second time this season (Oct. 19-22).

Video: DET@LAK: Kopitar sweeps home loose puck in the crease

Tyler Bertuzzi scored twice, and Jonathan Bernier made 28 saves for the Red Wings (7-12-2), who won their previous three games. Anthony Mantha had two assists for Detroit to extend his point streak to five games (two goals, five assists).

"I thought we played really good," Bernier said. "You know, it comes down to finding a way at the end there, the 6-on-5, to eliminate that rebound or try to block it, or somehow you got to find a way. But I thought overall it was pretty good. We picked up our game, and I thought the second half was really good."

Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan praised Kempe's effort for getting positioning in front of Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson for the tying goal.

Kempe returned to the lineup after he was a healthy scratch against Minnesota but played at left wing instead of center. McLellan said he believes the change of position will allow Kempe to get on track after he had four points (one goal, three assists) in his first 17 games of the season.

"You better be able to play all over the rink, but if it's on the wall where he believes he is most effective, then we're going to play him there for a little while and get his confidence up," McLellan said. "But I think when it's all said and done, it's just him playing really hard and competitive tonight. If he's comfortable there, then great."

The Red Wings went in front 2-1 at 2:58 of the third period. After Kings defenseman Sean Walker turned over the puck in his own zone, Bertuzzi scored from the slot off a pass from Dylan Larkin. It was Bertuzzi's second multigoal game of the season.

Bertuzzi tied it 1-1 with a shot from the left face-off circle off a pass from Mantha on a 2-on-1 rush.

The Kings took a 1-0 lead when Kopitar scored on the rebound of a shot by Walker that deflected off Iafallo and hit the post.

Video: EA Overtime Winner - Alex Iafallo


They said it

"They complement each other well, especially when they're playing at the top of their game. … They feed off each other pretty well, and they made some other real good plays that had a chance to go in the net." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on the line of Tyler Bertuzzi, Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha

"The first period, I thought we established the type of game we wanted to play. We were quick, we were aggressive. When we forecheck, we become a pretty good team. When we start to play east-west and get a little cute, we're not so effective." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan


Need to know

Larkin has two goals and two assists during a four-game point streak. ... Iafallo has one goal and three assists during a three-game point streak. ... Kopitar has three goals and five assists during a five-game point streak. ... Walker has three points (one goal, two assists) in the past two games. ... Red Wings defenseman Filip Hronek did not play because of a lower-body injury. Blashill described the injury as a bruise and not a fracture. ... Detroit defenseman Patrik Nemeth will be out several weeks because of an infection caused when he blocked a shot in a 3-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.


What's next

Red Wings: At the San Jose Sharks on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, FS-D, NHL.TV)

Kings: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday (4 p.m. ET; SN1, SNE, SNO, SNP, FS-W, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Video: Iafallo nets OT winner to lead Kings past Red Wings

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