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Cammalleri and Visnovsky lead Kings' offence in 4-2 win over Red Wings

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Cammalleri and Visnovsky lead Kings' offence in 4-2 win over Red Wings

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Mathieu Garon made 32 saves, and Sean Avery added an empty-net goal for the Kings, who beat Detroit for the first time since Oct. 12, 2002, at Los Angeles. The Kings, coming off a 3-0 win against Columbus on Wednesday, have posted consecutive regulation victories for the first time since beating St. Louis and the New York Islanders in October.

Kris Draper and Mikael Samuelsson scored for the Red Wings, 25-11-5 at the midway mark and four points behind Central Division-leading Nashville.

Red Wings centre Pavel Datsyuk missed his third straight game because of a groin injury. Defenceman Chris Chelios sat out his fifth straight game and third since two employees were stabbed to death at his Detroit sports bar. Chelios is expected to rejoin the team Monday in Denver.

Referee Kelly Sutherland gave Avery a diving penalty with 7:20 to play, after Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom appeared to trip him in the neutral zone. The ensuing power play resulted in an injury to Samuelsson, who was struck on the right knee by teammate Nicklas Lidstrom's slap shot and had to be helped off the ice.

Former Kings defenceman Mathieu Schneider was sent off for hooking with 3:19 left, and Los Angeles capitalized on the ensuing power play. Cammalleri got the puck from Anze Kopitar in the right corner and tried to hit Dustin Brown with a centring pass, but Detroit defenceman Danny Markov inadvertently redirected it into his own net with Brown parked at the far post.

The Kings erased a 2-0 deficit when Visnovsky and Blake scored less than two minutes apart in the second period, victimizing Detroit defenceman Niklas Kronwall on both goals.

Visnovsky carried the puck into the neutral zone along the right boards, swerved around Kronwall at the base of the circle and banked his 13th goal off goalie Chris Osgood's glove. Blake got the game-tying goal, cruising down the slot without the puck and scoring his eighth of the season.

The Red Wings, coming off a 9-3 loss at San Jose, opened the scoring at 2:12 of the first period with Draper's seventh goal. Samuelsson made it 2-0 just 14 seconds into the second period with his 10th.

Notes: The Kings won for only the third time in 18 games when leading scorer Alexander Frolov didn't record a point. ... Cammalleri, who played collegiate hockey at Michigan, assisted on Visnovsky's goal. ... Los Angeles C Alyn McCauley, who scored his first NHL goal against Osgood on Oct. 15, 1997, has one goal and no assists in four games after missing 39 following two knee operations.

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