LOS ANGELES - Valtteri Filppula took advantage of a sloppy turnover to score the tying goal with 1:54 left in the third period, and Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored in a shootout as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 Monday night.
Denis Gauthier was attempting a clearing pass deep in the Kings' zone and put it right onto the stick of the forechecking Filppula, who took one stride and beat Jason LaBarbera to the stick side with a 15-foot wrist shot.
In the shootout, Datsyuk and Zetterberg beat LaBarbera with backhanders after Chris Osgood stopped Dustin Brown and Oscar Moller.
The crowd of 17,671 included hundreds of fans wearing Red Wings jerseys, and one of them threw an octopus onto the ice in the opening minute of the third period. It seemed to have fired up the Kings even more than the defending Stanley Cup champions when Alexander Frolov scored at the 46-second mark to give Los Angeles a 3-2 lead.
Michal Handzus moved the puck off the boards in the neutral zone to Frolov, who got a step on Brian Rafalski as he crossed the blue-line and took a shot along the ice that deflected into the net off the skate of six-time Norris Trophy-winning defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom.
Zetterberg also scored in regulation and Marian Hossa had a power-play goal for the Red Wings, who outshot the Kings 37-19. Seven of Detroit's first nine games have been decided by one goal. The other two were decided by two-goal margins, with the Red Wings scoring an empty-net goal in both.