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Datsyuk, Zetterberg power Red Wings past Kings

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg may

have sealed the win, but it was Valtteri Filppula who helped the

Detroit Red Wings keep their winning streak alive.

Datsyuk and Zetterberg both tallied in the shootout after

Filppula evened the score late in regulation as the Red Wings

skated away with a 4-3 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on

Monday night.

Trailing, 3-2, in the final minutes of the contest, Filppula

scored with 1:54 remaining to tie the score for Detroit, which

has won five straight games, the last two coming in shootouts.

"It was one of those games where you have to find a way to win,"

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought for the last 10

minutes, we really tilted the rink. We had a lot of

opportunities and eventually we forced a turnover and we were

able to bury one."

Kings defenseman Denis Gauthier had the puck behind his own net

and started to carry it out. Instead of sending the puck up the

boards and out of the defensive zone, Gauthier attempted to pass

to a teammate in the center of the ice. Filppula intercepted

the pass in the right faceoff circle and beat Jason LaBarbera on

his right side with a wrister from point-blank range.

"When you're up a goal with a minute-and-a-half left, you'd like

to be able to get those two points," LaBarbera said. "They were

pressing us in the third and I thought we did a pretty good job

holding the fort down. It was just one bad break and they

capitalized on it.

"We definitely can skate with them. When they start pressuring

us, we need to stick to our systems and keep it simple."

In the bonus format, Datsyuk scored on LaBarbera with a

backhanded shot over the goalie's left pad on Detroit's first

opportunity and Zetterberg handed the Red Wings the victory with

a similar move.

LaBarbera fell for a fake by Zetterberg, who pulled the puck to

his right and backhanded it into a wide open net for the


"It's good for the confidence," Zetterberg said of his shootout

tally. "It's important to get out to a great start. Even

though we haven't played our best, we're getting our wins. One

of the things we can improve on is the defense, and I think we

took a step forward in that today."

Zetterberg opened the scoring in the first period and Marian

Hossa also tallied for the Red Wings.

The 28-year-old left wing, Zetterberg scored his fifth goal of

the season 5:54 into the opening frame. He took a pass from

defenseman Brian Rafalski and netted a wrist shot from 20 feet


A power-play goal by rookie Oscar Moller midway through the

first period evened the score and Kyle Calder's first goal of

the campaign gave the Kings a 2-1 lead just over a minute into

the second period.

"We did some good things. We showed a lot of competitiveness,

we worked very hard and we showed intelligence," Los Angeles

coach Terry Murray said. "We found people at the right time.

We were against one of the premier teams and did a good job."

Hossa extended his current consecutive points streak to seven

games and pulled Detroit even on a 5-on-3 power play just before

the midway mark of the second period.

The Slovakian carried the puck into the offensive zone,

splitting the Kings' defense He fired a wrist shot past

LaBarbera's stick side for his fifth goal during his surge.

Alexander Frolov gave the Kings the lead 46 seconds into the

third period when he cut to the net from the boards and tried to

backhand the puck across the slot. His centering pass bounced

off the right foot of defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and past

goaltender Chris Osgood, who finished with 16 saves.

"It was kind of a tough, cheesy goal that goes in," Babcock said

of the Kings' third goal. "You just stay determined."



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