NHL Wrap: Kings rally to beat Red Wings

NHL Wrap: Kings rally to beat Red Wings
February 28, 2013, 1:00 am
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LOS ANGELES -- Anze Kopitar scored the tiebreaking goal on a slick pass from Dwight King with 4:48 to play, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied from a third-period deficit for their fifth straight victory, 2-1 over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Jonathan Bernier made 32 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who tied it with 9:34 left on Jeff Carter's goal during a two-man advantage. King then made a spinning pass from the boards in front to Kopitar, who beat Jimmy Howard for his sixth goal of the season.

Howard stopped 27 shots for the Red Wings, who had won two straight after an 0-3-2 skid.

Kyle Quincey scored his first goal of the season on a misplay by Bernier in the first period (see full recap).

Habs score 3 in third to beat Leafs
TORONTO -- Brendan Gallagher, Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta scored third-period goals in the Montreal Canadiens' 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Gallagher scored his sixth of the season 9:08 into the third to break a 2-2 tie. Pacioretty cemented the win with his sixth goal -- and second of the game -- at 14:26. Gionta added an empty-net tally with 2:26 left.

Pacioretty also scored in the second period, and defenseman Alexei Emelin got Montreal on the board in the first period.

Frazer McLaren and Clarke MacArthur scored for Toronto (12-9), which had won three straight at home.

This victory was payback for the Canadiens (13-4-3), who were routed by the Maple Leafs 6-0 in Montreal on Feb. 9. Since then, the Canadiens have gone 7-0-2.

Montreal outshot Toronto 40-23 before a season-high Air Canada Centre crowd of 19,625 (see full recap).

Palmieri's hat trick leads Ducks past Predators
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kyle Palmieri ended a 10-game goal drought with his first NHL hat trick, Viktor Fasth made 20 saves, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 Wednesday night for their seventh straight home victory.

Nick Bonino and Saku Koivu also scored for Anaheim. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf assisted on all three goals by Palmieri, who hadn't scored since netting back-to-back game-winners on Feb. 1-2 against Minnesota and Los Angeles.

Palmieri completed his outburst against Pekka Rinne 1:07 into the second period, during a power play after Nashville had too many men on the ice.

It was the sixth natural hat trick in club history and marked the third career multigoal game for the 22-year-old forward, selected by the Ducks in the first round of the 2009 draft (see full recap).

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