DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit showed that persistence pays, especially
when the Red Wings face the Los Angeles Kings.
Detroit got goals from six players Sunday night in a 6-2 win
over Los Angeles, the Red Wings' 12th straight victory over the
After struggling on offense early in the season, the Red Wings
scored at least five goals for the fifth time in their last 13
"It just wasn't going in for us," Detroit coach Mike Babcock
said. "But you just have to keep at it."
Alexander Frolov scored both of the Kings' goals.
Los Angeles tied it at 1 on Frolov's first goal, a power-play
score 1:55 into the second period. He backhanded a rebound over a
Detroit then scored twice in less than two minutes.
Filppula scored at 4:50 when the rebound of his shot deflected
in off his skate as he slid toward the net. Datsyuk gave the Red
Wings a 3-1 lead at 6:40, when he beat Mathieu Garon with a wrist
shot from the top of the left circle for his 10th goal.
Frolov's second goal and 21st of the season brought the Kings to
within one with 7:18 left, when he blasted a slap shot from the
high slot past Hasek.
"When it was 3-2, we had momentum," said the Kings' Sean
Avery. "But they took it away, that's what good teams do."
Draper restored Detroit's two-goal lead with 2:48 remaining in
the middle period, when he completed a 2-on-1 break by knocking
Johan Franzen's pass into the net.
"I thought we responded real well after their second goal,"
Red Wings' captain Nicklas Lidstrom said.
Samuelsson got a power-play goal 4:27 into the third period, and
Williams added his tally at 5:26. The Kings then pulled Garon in
favor of Barry Brust.
"It was just a matter of guys doing responsible things,"
Draper said. "And it was good to see a lot of guys chipping in."
Holmstrom opened the scoring 5:45 into the first period when he
tipped in a touch cross-crease pass from Henrik Zetterberg. That
completed a three-way passing play that began with Datsyuk's feed
across the slot to Zetterberg.
"They got a lot of traffic in front of the net," Garon said.
"We got away with it in the first period."
Detroit D Chris Chelios missed his second game with a lower
body injury. ... Los Angeles LW Scott Thornton missed his second
game with a wrist injury. ... Samuelsson returned after missing six
games with a groin injury.