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Kings top Red Wings, extend point streak to four

Kopitar scores two goals for Los Angeles; Detroit has lost 13 of its past 15 games

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Kopitar cleans up Iaffalo rebound

LAK@DET: Kopitar nets Iaffalo rebound from in close

Anze Kopitar skates toward the net and buries an Alex Iaffalo rebound on the doorstep for a goal, extending the Kings lead to 3-0

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DETROIT -- Anze Kopitar scored two goals for the Los Angeles Kings in a 4-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.

Kopitar has 919 points (325 goals, 594 assists) in 1,038 NHL games, passing Wayne Gretzky (918) for fourth place in Kings history.

"I'm sure he did that in about 400 games, so it took me a lot longer," Kopitar said. "But any time you are mentioned in the same sentence as Wayne Gretzky, it is a pretty big deal. I can brag about this one for a little while because I'm not going to break any of his other records."

 

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Alex Iafallo had two assists for Los Angeles (14-18-3), which extended its point streak to four games (3-0-1). 

"We got off to a good start, we checked and we had good structure for two periods," Kings coach Todd McLellan said. "We got away from that a little bit in the third period, but that's a good lesson to learn. We haven't played much with three or four-goal leads and we're learning how to handle it."

Jack Campbell, who is from Port Huron, Michigan, made 22 saves and Matt Roy, who is from Detroit, had an assist. 

"This was really special because both [Roy] and I were playing for the first time at home," Campbell said. "I have so many memories of watching hockey at the Joe (Louis Arena), whether it was college or the Wings. It was pretty cool just to be out there and to get a win was even better."

Video: LAK@DET: Kopitar pinballs goal in off Ericsson

Madison Bowey had a goal and an assist for Detroit (9-23-3), which had won two straight after going 0-10-2 in its previous 12 games. Eric Comrie made 28 saves in his first home start for the Red Wings.

"I thought we got outcompeted, outexecuted and outworked tonight," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I don't think that's happened very often, even in games where the score was a lot more lopsided. I don't think 4-2 tells the story of this game."

The Kings nearly scored a shorthanded goal at 1:16 of the first period when Comrie slid back into the net with the puck under his pads, but the call on the ice was upheld after a video review determined there was no conclusive evidence that the puck completely crossed the goal line.

Jeff Carter gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead at 12:15 of the first. After intercepting a clearing attempt by Red Wings defenseman Filip Hronek, Carter's initial shot was stopped by Comrie, but he got his own rebound and scored through the legs of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Video: LAK@DET: Carter follows up own rebound with goal

Kopitar scored 40 seconds into the second period to make it 2-0 when his pass for Dustin Brown deflected in off the skate of Jonathan Ericsson.

Kopitar extended the lead to 3-0 at 11:14 on a rebound of Iafallo's initial shot.

"I have a real small sample size with [Comrie], but [rebound control] is definitely an area he needs to work on," Blashill said. "He showed that in Winnipeg and again tonight."

Tyler Toffoli made it 4-0 at 6:40 of the third period. After dropping the puck for Nikolai Prokhorkin, he took a return pass and scored into an open net on a rush.

Video: LAK@DET: Toffoli buries Prokhorkin's return pass

Filip Zadina pulled Detroit to within 4-1 at 9:51 on a rebound five-hole on Campbell, and Bowey cut it to 4-2 at 17:37 when his one-timer from the point deflected in.

"We were just slow out of the gates," Bowey said. "Our compete level was good in the third period, but that's not enough to win games at this level." 

 

They said it

"I remember Anze coming into the League as a young guy and people wondering if he was picked in the right spot. Four or five years later, everyone wished they had taken him. He's been that good ever since. He plays on the defensive side of the puck as well as he does the offensive side, so to hear him mentioned with Wayne Gretzky is great." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan

"I thought Filip Zadina was probably our best forward tonight, and he's fighting hard in order to stay at this level. We need other guys to have the attitude that they are fighting to stay here, too. We couldn't go tape-to-tape, we couldn't get the puck out of our end, and we couldn't get through the neutral zone. It's tough to play hockey like that." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

 

Need to know

Toffoli has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak. … Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley missed the game because of irritation in his back and is day to day. 

 

What's next

Kings: At the Boston Bruins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNP, NESN, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Red Wings: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, FS-O, NHL.TV)

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