NHL.com picks best games of 2012-13

NHL.com picked its list of top games from 2012-13. Here’s one of 10 that involved the Kings (with play-by-play and comments from the website’s writers):

Detroit 3, Kings 2, Feb. 10, Joe Louis Arena

This game was proof that no lead is safe and no score is set until the final buzzer sounds.

The Red Wings had a 2-0 lead heading into the final minute of the first period, but Anze Kopitar used one soft play by Daniel Cleary along the wall in the Detroit end to win a battle, then outmuscled Cleary on his way to the net to bang in a return pass from Rob Scuderi with 40.3 seconds remaining to get the Kings back within a goal.

The score remained 2-1 in the game’s final minute, and Kings goalie Jonathan Quick headed to the bench for an extra attacker. That let Kyle Clifford jump on the ice, and he grabbed a loose puck just inside the Detroit blue line at the left point and fired a high shot on net. Defenseman Alec Martinez came off the left wall and tipped the puck down and into the slot. Jeff Carter had a crack at it, and the rebound of his shot went to Martinez, who had skated behind Carter and was in prime position to backhand the puck into the net to tie the game with 52.8 seconds left.

The Red Wings may have been down, but they weren’t out. Johan Franzen flipped a puck on net that Quick was forced to glove and hold for a stoppage with 14.1 seconds left. The Kings won the faceoff, but Cleary got to the puck along the back wall and tipped it to Jonathan Ericsson at the right point. Ericsson fired a shot that trickled between Quick’s pads and across the goal line with 4.5 seconds left.

Detroit’s Jimmy Howard made a season-high 45 saves but after the game gave all the credit to Ericsson.

“That’s just a great play by (Ericsson) throwing it on net,” Howard said. “You never know what can happen when you put the puck on net.”

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