Los Angeles Kings win 4-2 as Detroit Red Wings open West Coast trip
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES — Alex Iafallo scored two goals and Ilya Kovalchuk had his first two NHL assists in nearly 5 1/2 years, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.
Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings, and rookie defenseman Dennis Cholowski had two assists.
Kovalchuk’s first point with the Kings also was his 400th career assist when he set up Kopitar’s goal in the second period. The Russian star then pounced on a puck in the corner during the third period and made a beautiful pass to Iafallo for the Kings’ third goal.
With two beautiful scoring passes to his linemates on the Kings’ top line, Kovalchuk recorded his first multipoint NHL game since April 25, 2013. Now 35 years old, the former No. 1 pick in the NHL draft joined the Kings this season after five years with SKA St. Petersburg.
Jack Campbell made 36 saves for the Kings in place of Jonathan Quick, who went on injured reserve earlier with a lower-body injury sustained in practice Saturday.
Former Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 21 shots in his Detroit debut. The Red Wings signed Bernier as a free agent in July. He was drafted 11th overall by Los Angeles in 2006 and was Quick’s backup on Los Angeles’ 2012 Stanley Cup championship team.
Detroit evened the score in the second period when Mantha’s long shot slipped under Campbell for his first goal of the season. He had a team-leading 24 last year.
Larkin got an unassisted goal off his own rebound late in the third.