The Kings had lost to Detroit, 3-1, at home on Jan. 11.
After a scoreless and bland first period, the intensity and emotions heated up in the second period. So did the Kings' power play, which had been two for 33 in the team's previous seven games. But the Kings' lead lasted only 41 seconds, leaving the score tied after two periods.
With Detroit defenseman
The goal ended a 23-game drought for Richards, who had last scored on Nov. 25.
The Red Wings responded at 9:47. Forward
Tempers flared a few minutes later, sparked when Kings forward
Players from both teams were quickly involved and even Kings goalie Jonathan Quick left his crease and skated to the red line to keep an eye on things. Quick didn’t join the hostilities, but TV closeups during the ensuing stoppage showed that he had a few words for Howard, who will be his teammate for the U.S. during the