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FINAL - Kings 5, Red Wings 4 (OT) - Danault, Moore, Walker, McLellan

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The LA Kings took the top spot after a back and forth game in Detroit, taking the Red Wings their second victory of the season in a 5-4 overtime win.

Striker Phillip Danault scored two goals in extra time, including a game-winning goal, as one of five Kings forwards to score multiple points on the evening.

The home team opened the goal with Adam Erne less than five minutes later. After the Kings lost the puck in the offensive zone, Erne took a 2v1 lead on the offense, held the puck on his own, and slammed netminder Jonathan Quick past netminder Jonathan Quick to score his first goal of the season.

The Kings, however, responded to first responder with a double goal of their own to take a 2-1 lead.

First, just 19 seconds after making the concession, the third line brought the Kings to the board to tie the game one-on-one. A baseball-style batting puck returning from Alex Iafallo in the neutral zone hit Gabe Vilardi, who entered the middle of the ice, dragged the puck into his forearm and defeated Detroit goalie Ville Husso with a shot from the slot. third goal of the season. Alex Iafallo extended his winning streak to 4 games with his assist.

Later in the opening period, the duo of Kevin Fiala and Adrian Kempe played their second consecutive pass to put the visitors ahead. Quickly rushing out of the area, Fiala attacked the defense on offense before hitting Kempe in the right rim, where the team-leader of the season scored his fourth goal home for a 2-1 advantage.

Detroit split the game in two with a goal from the rush of the pass. As the Kings entered the Red Wings offensive zone, Dominik Kubalik was caught in an awkward situation before curling back and hitting David Perron off the hole, finishing the latter with a move from the left rim for his second goal. season.

With less than four minutes left in the second period, the second line put the Kings ahead with an intervening goal. Danault sent a perfectly weighted pass across the blue line. Trevor Moore returned this favor with a flat pass on the backstab and back to Danault for a goal on the back post. The game marked the first point of the season for both players, giving the Kings a 3-2 lead.

A back-and-forth third period saw the teams eventually go to overtime at 4-4.

Perron threw the second goal of the game home with an ankle kick from the left hoop, as Detroit tied the score by a third in the first power play. But the Kings were back as Anze Kopitar scored her first goal of the season. After one save from Adrian Kempe but unable to hold back, Kopitar dived first into the crease and nudged the puck behind the net at close range for a forward goal.

However, the Red Wings were late to force an overtime via Oskar Sundqvist. After Viktor Arvidsson nearly iced the game at one end, Detroit came back the other way, forcing the game into overtime as Sundvqist picked up the puck low and swept it into the net next to an outstretched Quick.

The Kings responded with Danault burying the second goal of the game to earn the second point in overtime. In a 2v1 offense with Trevor Moore, Danault’s pass hit a Detroit defender and passed Husso to find Danault’s second-of-the-night game-winning goal.

Hear from Danault, Moore, Sean Walker and Todd McLellan after tonight’s game.

Philip Danault

Trevor Moore
If he felt that his own line was most similar to them as it was this season
Yes definitely. It’s a big deal for Arvy to be back, he’s a big part of our line and brings a lot of attack to him. I think that was fine, but I think we should continue to build in many areas, especially by winning more battles myself and producing more discs and maintaining pressure in that area.

Five-on-five goals between him and Phillip Danault in the second period
It was a strange game, I was coming to change the defender because we were in the power play and then the power play was over. Everyone started shouting that the disc was right there, so I opened it. I saw Phil in the back, it was kind of a weird game.

About defensive improvements over time
Yes, I think we did well on defense, still a lot of penalties. Putting too much weight on our penalty kill and Quickie at these points.

Sean Walker
When you get the call to play tonight
Yep, five minutes to warm up, I was just hanging out in the back and heard Eds throw a puck somewhere and he’s just ready. I started my warm-ups there and immediately got ready and went there. It’s not the usual routine, but I think I handled it well.

Considering the circumstances, what he can do mentally and physically to prepare
Mentally, I don’t think it was a lot of time, it was just to get there and let the body take control. Physically, I had about five minutes to roll over and stretch quickly, then it was to get ready. It was definitely weird, but I think I handled it well and was happy with the way the game was going.

Todd McLellan
on the win tonight
Really good effort, we’re getting better, we’re starting to feel a little bit more like how it should play. There are still moments during the game, obviously the blank web, we’re not quite there yet, but for the most part, I thought we were starting to look more like we should. Quickie had a good game, conditions were awkward again tonight, Edler was in the warm-ups and Walker had a clear best game of the season, including preseason, which is a good sign. Good work everyone.

Returning group after late goal to win in overtime
The players themselves, we had a lot of experience, four or five guys settled in, everybody wanted to win for Arvy, a lot of guys went up and touched him, we said it was okay. That’s how it ended, but we’re sure we don’t want to do it too often and put ourselves in that situation.

About pass goals in back-to-back matches from Fiala and Kempe
The ability of top players to make very small games to keep a game alive or to create a chance…. It was a small touch of neutral territory. Sometimes our not very attacking players would give up on it or would have already turned around and checked back, but the skilled ones can do it. A similar goal last night in Minnesota when Kempe went down and found a quick hole from the flank.

On how things change when a player drops in warm-ups
We yelled at Sean Walker to put on his gear, no warmup and he played, that’s all you can do. The game plan doesn’t change because one man falls, the next man is up and so on. I know Sean Walker will have to answer this question for me, but this might be the best way for him to come in and play. No thinking, go play the game. His ability to bounce back from injury after not playing for a long, long time, I thought he did an admirable job tonight under difficult circumstances.

* Regarding Alex Edler, McLellan said the Kings would “see how it is in the morning”, but did not provide an update on Alex Iafallo’s condition tonight.

Notes –
– With the win, the Kings advanced to 9-1 in their last 10 games against the Red Wings.
– Phillip Danault scores his first two goals of the season, including the game-winning goal in extra time. It was the second overtime goal in his career and the first was with the Kings.
– Adrian Kempe scored the team leader’s fourth goal of the season in the first period. Only Luc Robitaille (6 in 1999-00 (6; 5 in 2000-01) and Anze Kopitar (6 in 2021-22) have scored more goals in the Kings’ first four games of a season in the last 30 years.
– Alex Iafallo completed his 100th career assist with a primary assist on Gabe Vilardi’s first quarter goal. Iafallo became the 15th undrafted active skater in the league to reach 100 assists, extending his season-opening streak to four games.
– Anze Kopitar (1-1-2), Kevin Fiala (0-2-2) and Trevor Moore (0-2-2) also recorded multi-point matches tonight.
– Gabriel Vilardi scored his second goal in multiple matches and his third goal of the year. Vilardi also set a new career-high one-game five-shots on goal.

Considering back-to-back LA Kings aren’t expected to have a morning skating in Nashville tomorrow. Puck drop set against Predators at 6:30 PM Pacific time.

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