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Kings Outlast Red Wings In Overtime

Anze Kopitar scored with 56 seconds remaining in overtime to help the Los Angeles Kings halt the Detroit Red Wings’ four game winning streak with a 3-2 win on Saturday.

Alec Martinez and Justin Williams also scored and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for Los Angeles, who improved to 15-10 this year. Los Angeles and Florida are the only teams not to record an overtime loss this year, and the Kings avoided such a fate again tonight. The Kings improved to 5-0 in the extra session.

Jonathan Ericsson and Todd Bertuzzi scored for Detroit, and Chris Osgood made 22 saves in an unsuccessful bid for his 399th career win. Osgood looked sharp in his first start since Oct. 30 despite sitting out the whole month of November with a groin issue.

Los Angeles capitalized off a rare Nicklas Lidstrom turnover in overtime to record the win. Dustin Brown rushed down the left-wing boards during the ensuing 3-on-2 break and slid a cross-ice pass over to Kopitar, who fired a one-timer past Osgood, who was unable to get over to cover the net in time.

Detroit got on the board in the first period when Ericsson picked up a rebound off a Pavel Datsyuk shot and ripped a slap shot behind Quick for a 1-0 lead.

The two teams didn’t take long into the second period to add to the scoreboard. Just 24 seconds into the frame, Williams tipped a Rob Scuderi shot from the point past Osgood to knot the score at one.

However, Bertuzzi and the Wings regained the lead 48 seconds later. Bertuzzi flipped a wrist shot toward the net that deflected in off a Kings player to give Detroit a 2-1 lead.

Martinez finished off the regulation scoring 7:18 into the period, ripping a shot from the point by Osgood to tie the score. Red Wings forward Darren Helm accidentally tipped the shot trying to knock the puck down before it got to Osgood, but instead threw his goaltender off balance.

The Red Wings finished their California trip 2-0-1, picking up five of a possible six points. The Wings return to action on Monday against San Jose.