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Red Wings End Kings’ Reign With 4-3 Shootout Win



Patrick Kane, Red Wings

LOS ANGELES — You can lose a lot of money while betting and trying to chase streaks.

And four games isn’t a reliable indicator of a streak.

But the Detroit Red Wings showed more signs Thursday of emerging from a funk that began a month ago.

Patrick Kane scored the game-winner in a shootout, lifting Detroit to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. It was the Red Wings’ second win on a three-game California road trip and ended a six-game losing streak to the Kings.

Robby Fabbri scored twice for the Red Wings, and Lucas Raymond set up Kane’s heroics with a goal earlier in the shootout.

Alex Lyon had 40 saves for the Wings, who won their second in a row and third in their last four.

“He just did what he’s been doing every start this year,” Fabbri said of Lyon. “You know, kicking, making big saves. When he makes that extra save that we need, that gets the bench going. He was a big spark to our team tonight.”

Eastern Conference Playoff Race Tighter

The win lifted the Red Wings (19-16-4) into a four-way tie for ninth in the Eastern Conference with New Jersey, Washington and Pittsburgh.

Every point is precious for the Red Wings, who are five points out of fourth place.

“I just think it’s a little fight and the bounce back after a poor first period,” coach Derek Lalonde said. “I loved our second (period). It’s probably one of our best periods in a while. Especially after playing that poorly in the first on the road against a very good team. Then a good third, obviously, getting the lead and giving it up hanging in there in the end and got her done in the show.”

The numbers weren’t kind for the Wings going into Thursday’s game.

As in, the Wings had lost six in a row to the Kings.

As in, the Kings got 18 shots on goal in the first period, beating Lyon twice in the first 4:18, the second goal by Detroit native Matt Roy.

But the Wings tightened up on defense after that, and the Kings reverted to recent form which had seen them lose three in a row.

The second period saw more of the same from Detroit. Fabbri ended a recent slump by scoring at the midpoint of the period and Jeff Petry scored from near the blue line to tie it late.

Fabbri gave the Wings the lead on a wrister  5:24 into the third period. Adrian Kempe, who scored the Kings’ first goal, tied it with 4:17 remaining in regulation.

Earlier in the day, Alex DeBrincat was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team, while L.A. goalie Cam Talbot, who did not play Thursday, was named to the Western Conference All-Stars.

Andrew Copp, dealing with a upper-body injury, was scratched for the first time this season.

The road trip ends Sunday at Anaheim.