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Trending: Wings get point but fall to Kings in overtime, 3-2

Bertuzzi scores two goals; Mantha assists on both

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT -- On Tuesday night, overtime was good to the Red Wings. On Thursday, the tables were turned.

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty's shot bounced off the glass and right onto Alex Iafallo's stick at the left side of the net and Iafallo ended the game 23 seconds into overtime for a 3-2 win.

The Wings got a point but fell to 7-12-2 while the Kings improved to 7-11-1.

Tyler Bertuzzi (two) scored for the Wings.

Anze Kopitar, Adrian Kempe (extra attacker) and Iafallo (overtime winner) scored for the Kings.

Detroit goaltender Jonathan Bernier (5-4-2), originally a Los Angeles first-round pick, 11th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, had 28 saves.

Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick (4-8-0) made 19 saves.

Up next for the Wings is the final game of their three-game California swing, Saturday night in San Jose against the Sharks.

The Kings will welcome the Vegas Golden Knights to Staples Center Saturday night.

Note: Wings coach Jeff Blashill announced after the game that defenseman Patrik Nemeth will be out for a while.

"We expect Nemeth to be out a little bit," Blashill said. "He had a blocked shot that became an infection. We caught, the doctors caught it, the training staff did a great job. Now, will it be three weeks, is it less than that? I don't know that answer but it'll be a little bit of time."

1. Tyler Bertuzzi: Bertuzzi has been a steady offensive player this season, in part due to playing on the top line alongside Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha. At 4:36 of the second, Mantha and Bertuzzi broke free for a 2-on-1 and Mantha sent the puck from the right side to the left and Bertuzzi buried it top shelf. It marked Bertuzzi's first career point in four games against the Kings. But Bertuzzi was not done. At 2:58 of the third, Bertuzzi broke the 1-1 tie when Larkin found him heading to the left side of the net. The goals were Bertuzzi's seventh and eighth of the season, moving him into sole possession of second on the team in that category behind Mantha, who has 11. Larkin is third with six goals. Bertuzzi finished with 22 shifts for 16:51, had a team-high four shots, one hit, one blocked shot and was plus-1.

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Quotable: "Those were two great plays by Mo and another good one by Larks. Not much other I can do but shoot on net. They were great opportunities. I thought our line played better in the second and the third. Obviously it's brutal but we just gotta keep taking the positive. We played another good game. We were winning for most of the game. Whenever you walk away with one point, it's a good night, so you just gotta move forward." - Bertuzzi

Quotable II: "First of all, they're three real good players. They complement each other, especially when they're playing at the top of their games. Larks drives the puck up the ice, super competitive. Bert's really smart and poised for kind of a junkyard dog-type player. Mo has that great skill set. They feed off each other pretty well. They're really good friends. They made some other real good plays that had a chance for the puck to go in the net. That was good. I liked the fact that I think Filppula's line has been fairly dangerous on a consistent basis, too. That starts to give us another line that looks dangerous out there." - Blashill

2. Jonathan Bernier: It's always special to start against your former team, especially the one that originally drafted you, even if it's not the first time. Bernier came into the game 2-5-0 against the Kings in nine games. But the Kings kept Bernier busy all night and Bernier got a little help from his friends. In the first period, Los Angeles outshot Detroit, 11-5. It was only Kopitar's rebound at 5:47 that eluded Bernier. The aforementioned help came from defenseman Mike Green at 14:20. Out of position after making a save, Green dove in to block two Jeff Carter shots and kept it a one-goal game. The Kings had 13 more shots in the second. At one point, the puck went in but it was waved off because Austin Wagner had contact with Bernier. Late in the third, Adrian Kempe put the rebound past Bernier with the extra attacker. In overtime, it was an unfortunate bounce that led to the winning goal by Iafallo 23 seconds into it.

Quotable: "I didn't think I chased it that much and as soon I kind of turned, it was already behind me, so I don't know if it hit the extension or it came off the board really hard. I thought we played really good. It comes down to finding a way at the end there, six-on-five, to eliminate that rebound or try to block it, somehow you got to find a way. I thought overall was pretty good. We picked up our game and the second half was really good." - Bernier

Tweet from @DetroitRedWings: Jonathan Bernier, Tyler Bertuzzi, Anthony Mantha, and Coach Blashill comment following tonight's game in LA. | @CocaCola #DETvsLAK

Quotable II: "Bernie, he's been unbelievable for us. Tonight, he made some big, big saves in the first to keep us in it. He brought us all the way to the end." - Bertuzzi

Quotable III: "I thought Bernie played really well. I thought he made some big saves, kept us in the game. They will have probably outchanced us when this game is over. I thought he kept us in the game at different points. It's unfortunate at the end. It goes off the glass and right on the guy's stick. The other rebound goes right on the guy's stick, too. That's a little bit unfortunate. Now we missed some coverage, so there's areas that we can be better at from that area. But I thought Bernie played well." - Blashill

3. Anthony Mantha: Because Mantha has always scored a lot of goals and has a great shot, sometimes his passing gets a little overlooked. But against the Kings, he put that skill on full display. First, he found Bertuzzi for the tying goal at 4:36 of the second, the only assist on the tally. On Bertuzzi's second of the game, Mantha got the second assist, passing the puck to Larkin, who sent it on to Bertuzzi. Mantha now has 10 assists to go along with his 11 goals and leads the team in points, one ahead of Bertuzzi. Mantha now has two goals and three assists in six career games against Los Angeles. Mantha finished with 24 shifts for 18:09, had two shots, four blocked shots and was even.

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Quotable: "I think Quick thought I was going to shoot right away, obviously, the amount of shots on net and goals I have, so I knew Tyler was going to be open back door and it paid off. It's totally the chemistry. It's not an easy league to score. If it was, we would have 60-, 70-goal scorers in this league. I think the chemistry is just good right now with Larkin and Tyler. We need to keep pushing forward." - Mantha

Quotable II: "I saw him look at me and I kinda figured he was gonna fake his shot and then pass it back door. It was another great play by Mo." - Bertuzzi

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