Phillip Danault’s OT goal helps Kings edge Red Wings

By DANA GAURUDER The Associated Press

DETROIT — Phillip Danault scored 1:12 into overtime for his second goal of the game, and the Kings handed the Detroit Red Wings their first loss with a 5-4 victory on Monday night.

Danault’s winning shot in front hit a defender’s skate and bounced into the net.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, giving him 47 points in 42 games against Detroit. That’s the second-most among active players, trailing only Chicago star Patrick Kane at 56 points.

Adrian Kempe supplied his fourth goal and assisted on Kopitar’s goal. Gabriel Vilardi also scored for the Kings (2-2-0). Jonathan Quick made 29 saves.

Wings forward Oskar Sundqvist scored in the final minute of regulation to send the game into overtime. David Perron had two goals and an assist for Detroit (2-0-1), and Adam Erne added a goal. Ville Husso made 31 saves.

Kopitar dove toward a loose puck situated just behind Husso and knocked it in with 6:44 remaining in regulation. His first goal this season gave the Kings a 4-3 lead.

Sundqvist tied it with 40.9 seconds left shortly after Dylan Larkin prevented an empty-net goal, knocking the puck off Viktor Arvidsson’s stick.

Erne scored on a 2-on-1 break 4:26 into the game. The Kings tied it 19 seconds later on Vilardi’s third goal of the season.

The Kings grabbed the advantage at 14:40 when Kempe ripped a shot from the right circle over Husso’s right shoulder.

Dominik Kubalik set up Perron’s one-timer from the left circle midway through the second, tying it, 2-2.

The Kings regained the lead later in the period when Trevor Moore found Danault heading toward the net just after Detroit killed off a penalty.

Perron scored Detroit’s first power-play goal this season with 8:46 left in regulation with another shot from the left circle.


Kings forward Alex Iafallo recorded his 100th career assist in the first period. … Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi will miss four to six weeks with an upper-body injury, according to Coach Derek Lalande. Bertuzzi was injured while blocking a shot at New Jersey on Saturday. … Detroit forward Jakub Vrana missed the game due to personal reasons.


The Kings play at Nashville on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. PT

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