Four different Kings players scored goals, three coming in a 6:03 span to start the third period that put the game out of reach. Anze Kopitar scored twice in the first three minutes of the third and Oscar Moller, Wayne Simmonds and Jack Johnson each deposited goals past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, who stopped just 21 of 26 shots. Drew Doughty added three assists for Los Angeles.
The loss was Detroit’s first in three games after the Wings beat New Jersey and Montreal over the weekend on back-to-back nights. Dan Cleary and Jiri Hudler were the only Red Wings skaters not to post a negative plus/minus statistic on the night. Both were even for the game.
The Kings led 2-0 after the second period on goals by Simmonds and Moller, but blew the game open with three-goal burst to start the third period.
Kopitar started the action off just 23 seconds into the period, stuffing a rebound on an odd-man break past Howard to push the lead to 3-0. Two and half minutes later, Doughty patiently waited for a clear shooting lane and fired a drive that deflected in off Kopitar to put the Kings up four.
Johnson finished the scoring, ripping a point shot past a screened Howard on the power-play to bump the lead to five after Justin Abdelkader took a four-minute penalty for high-sticking Rob Scuderi.
The Red Wings will try to regroup against St. Louis on Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena.
Notes: Kopitar's second goal was initially credited to Doughty. Doughty was later credited with an assist on the play, giving him three helpers on the night.