Anze Kopitar instinctively went to the net while his linemates dug for the puck along the boards. Dwight King knew where to find him with a pass for the Los Angeles Kings' tiebreaking goal.
The defending Stanley Cup champions are on another roll, and the chemistry they developed during last year's title run is starting to show.
Kopitar scored on a slick pass from King with 4:48 to play, and host Los Angeles rallied from a third-period deficit for its fifth straight victory, 2-1 over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.
Los Angeles is on its longest winning streak of the season, capturing seven of eight overall after a 3-5-2 start to its title defense.
Jonathan Bernier made 32 saves for the Kings, who are succeeding with the formula that won the Cup last season: stellar goaltending backed by opportunistic offense from all four lines.
"I think we're putting together a pretty good streak here, and we've got to keep it going," Kopitar said. "We know we had a bit of a slow start and we've got some catching up to do."
The Red Wings had won two straight after an 0-3-2 skid, but Detroit blew a 40-minute lead for just the second time in nine games this season, while the Kings rallied from a two-period deficit for the second time this year.
Flyers 4, Capitals 1: Claude Giroux scored 23 seconds in, and Simon Gagne added a goal in his first game back with the Flyers as host Philadelphia rolled to a victory over Washington.
Wayne Simmonds gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead less than four minutes later, and Gagne scored his first goal of the season in the second period, one day after being reacquired by the Flyers from the Kings.
"It felt almost like I never left," said Gagne, who added an assist. "Just walking in the building before the game, knowing everyone."
Ducks 5, Predators 1: Kyle Palmieri ended a 10-game goal drought with his first NHL hat trick, Viktor Fasth made 20 saves, and host Anaheim beat Nashville for its seventh straight home victory.
Nick Bonino and Saku Koivu also scored for Anaheim. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf assisted on all three goals by Palmieri, who hadn't scored since netting back-to-back game-winners on Feb. 1-2 against Minnesota and Los Angeles.
Stars: The Stars have activated Kari Lehtonen from the injured list, and the goalie says he expects to play Thursday against Edmonton.