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Kings beat Red Wings for 9th straight victory

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michal Handzus scored his second goal on a rebound with 2:21 to play, and the Los Angeles Kings furiously rallied from a three-goal deficit to set a franchise record with their ninth straight victory, 4-3 over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Alexander Frolov, Handzus and Ryan Smyth scored in the second period after Los Angeles fell behind 3-0 in the first. Jonathan Quick made 20 saves for the Kings, who surpassed the Second Six franchise's eight-game winning streaks during the 1991-92 and 1972-73 seasons.

Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals for the Red Wings, who lost for the ninth time in 12 games while losing three players, including forward Tomas Holmstrom, to injuries. Valtteri Filppula also scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves.

Handzus also had an assist, giving him six points in the surging Kings' last two games. After a midseason swoon that dropped them from first place in the Western Conference to the middle of the pack, the Kings moved back up to third with their 11th victory in 12 games.

With just their second loss at Staples Center since March 2003, the Red Wings are going the other way — and they're losing players at an alarming rate, four games into a five-game road trip.

Holmstrom, the Swedish Olympian and sturdy presence in front of opponents' nets, injured his left leg late in the first period. Left wing Drew Miller and right wing Patrick Eaves both went to the dressing room in the third with ankle injuries.

Just 16 seconds after Zetterberg opened the scoring with his 15th goal, Filppula's soft backhand went into the net on a fluke deflection off Kings defenseman Sean O'Donnell's skate. Detroit went up 3-0 with 5 seconds left in the first period during a 4-on-4 stretch, when consecutive shots by Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski left the puck sitting alone in the crease, and Zetterberg slapped it home.

But Frolov finally sparked the Kings after Scott Parse forced a turnover and put the puck in front, where Frolov's third rebound shot slipped between Howard's skate and the post for his 13th goal.

Howard then mishandled a dump-in at the side of his net, clumsily knocking the puck away from himself with nobody around him. Handzus pounced, slipping it underneath Howard for his 14th goal.

Smyth tied it less than two minutes later with his 18th goal. Exhibiting his usual relentless work in front of the net, he backhanded home a rebound of Wayne Simmonds' shot while holding off two defenders with his back to the goal.

Detroit failed to convert on two power-play chances in the third period, with Zetterberg and Helm hitting the posts behind Quick.

Handzus then won it after Parse hammered away at Frolov's shot from the edge of the crease. The puck slipped past Howard and set up easily for Handzus, setting off a wild celebration at Staples Center.

NOTES: Before the game, Detroit traded LW Ville Leino to Philadelphia D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen. The trade likely clears a roster spot for veteran Johan Franzen, who's expected to return from a torn knee ligament Tuesday in St. Louis. Franzen hasn't played since the third game of the season. Tollefsen is expected to be placed on waivers and sent to the Wings' minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids. ... Red Wings D Niklas Kronwall missed his second straight game with a knee injury.