Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 2/28/13
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Anze Kopitar scored the tiebreaking goal on a slick pass from Dwight King with 4:48 to play, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied from a third-period deficit for their fifth straight victory, 2-1 over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. Jonathan Bernier made 32 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who tied it with 9:34 left on Jeff Carter's goal during a two-man advantage. King then made a spinning pass from the boards in front to Kopitar, who beat Jimmy Howard for his sixth goal of the season. Howard stopped 27 shots for the Red Wings, who had won two straight after an 0-3-2 skid. Kyle Quincey scored his first goal of the season on a misplay by Bernier in the first period. Los Angeles is on its longest winning streak of the season, winning seven of eight overall after a 3-5-2 start to its title defense. The Kings began with 50 scoreless minutes one day after trading seven-time, 20-goal scorer Simon Gagne to Philadelphia for a conditional draft pick. But late goals from two veteran stars thrilled the sellout crowd at Staples Center, where the Kings completed an unbeaten February run -- albeit in just four home games. Except for a misadventure with his glove on Quincey's goal, Bernier was outstanding in the backup goalie's fourth consecutive victory since Feb. 2. Center Johan Franzen returned to Detroit's lineup after missing seven games with a hip injury, and defenseman Brendan Smith returned from an 11-game absence with an injured shoulder. Quincey also returned after missing the last two games with an injured ankle. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock used the injury turnover to shake up his lineup, benching defensemen Ian White and Kent Huskins. Detroit dominated play early, taking a 9-1 shot advantage midway through the first period and scoring on a comical misplay by Bernier. After King gave away the puck, Quincey's high shot toward the net popped out of Bernier's glove and arced over his head, falling softly into the goal behind him. Quincey hadn't registered a point in 17 games this season, and hadn't scored a goal since last March 19 against Washington. Los Angeles showed more spark later, but its oft-struggling power play had a particularly low moment in the second period after three consecutive Red Wings penalties. Given two full minutes of 5-on-3 play, the Kings barely threatened Howard and the Detroit defensemen, who got a loud ovation from the red-clad fans crowding the lower bowl. But the Kings got another 5-on-3 advantage midway through the third period when Pavel Datsyuk received a rare minor penalty for a faceoff violation, and Carter deflected Mike Richards' shot through Howard's legs for his 11th goal. Carter scored a goal in his fifth straight game, one short of the longest streak of his career. NOTES: Los Angeles LW Dustin Penner played in his 500th NHL game. He recently took the lineup spot of Gagne, who hadn't scored a goal in 11 games this season. ... Detroit D Carlo Colaiacovo is expected to return from a shoulder injury Sunday, which would put nine defensemen on the Red Wings roster. ... Irish forward Robbie Keane attended the game along with most of the two-time defending MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy, who begin their regular season Sunday.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Brandon Brooks accepts wedding invite from Eagles fan

Report: Josh Gordon expected to get reinstatement update in May

Landon Donovan retires from soccer again, this time for good

No discipline for Crosby for slashing off Methot’s fingertip

Jim Harbaugh ditches signature cheap khakis

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Magic to skip Shaq statue unveiling to scout tourney game

Report: NFL scout says Adrian Peterson ‘a glorified fullback’

Kristi Yamaguchi wasn't throwing shade at Nancy Kerrigan with tweet

Rodgers: Packers fans ‘should be really excited’ about season

Ball brothers’ H.S. coach details how hard LaVar Ball is to work with

Philip Rivers shares thoughts on Chargers possibly drafting QB

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down college basketball's Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Box Score 3/23: Team USA wins their first WBC title

The 'Duke schadenfreude season came early this year' quiz

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down college basketball's Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Re-ranking the Sweet 16 for the NCAA Tournament

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker