Red Wings 3, Kings 2: Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson scored with 4.5 seconds remaining in the third period and Jimmy Howard turned aside 45 shots - including all 23 in the second - as host Detroit won its third straight game.
Rookie Damien Brunner scored his team-leading sixth goal, Pavel Datsyuk also tallied and captain Henrik Zetterberg notched a pair of assists for the second straight contest to push his point total 18. The Red Wings have outscored their foes by a 10-4 margin during their winning streak.
Defenseman Alec Martinez leveled the contest at 2-2 with 52.8 seconds remaining in the third period. Anze Kopitar also scored and Jonathan Quick finished with 28 saves for the Kings, who have dropped four of their last five contests (1-4-0).
After Martinez forged a tie by backhanding the puck just inside the right post, Ericsson netted the winner in the waning moments. The Detroit defenseman blasted a shot from the right point which squeezed between the pads of Quick and just trickled over the goal line for his second goal of the season.
Datsyuk opened the scoring at 5:44 of the first period by snapping a shot under the crossbar. After Brunner doubled the advantage with a blistering shot from the right faceoff circle, Kopitar trimmed the deficit with 41 seconds left in the first after cleaning up a rebound on the doorstep.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Detroit's Mike Babcock coached in his 750th NHL game. ... D Keaton Ellerby made his Kings debut after he was involved in a deal with Florida on Friday. The 10th overall pick of the 2007 draft, Ellerby registered one hit but didn't have a shot on goal. ... Howard preserved a 1-0 lead late in the first period with a stellar right pad save on captain Dustin Brown at the doorstep.