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    Los Angeles Kings left wing Brendan Lemieux (48) and Detroit Red Wings center Joe Veleno (90) reach for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    Detroit Red Wings left wing Dominik Kubalik (81) celebrates with left wing David Perron (57) after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    Los Angeles Kings right wing Carl Grundstrom (91) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    Los Angeles Kings left wing Kevin Fiala (22) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    The Los Angeles Kings celebrate after a right wing Carl Grundstrom (91) scored during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    Detroit Red Wings left wing Lucas Raymond (23) passes against Los Angeles Kings right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    The Detroit Red Wings celebrate after left wing Dominik Kubalik (81) scored during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    Detroit Red Wings goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (39) allows a goal by Los Angeles Kings defenseman Sean Durzi during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    Detroit Red Wings goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (39) stops a shot by Los Angeles Kings right wing Arthur Kaliyev (34) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider (53) is center. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    The Los Angeles Kings celebrate after defenseman Sean Durzi (50) scored during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Sean Durzi (50) reacts after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

LOS ANGELES –– The Kings wore their church white jerseys for the first time Saturday and the power play shouted “amen,” as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 at Crypto.com Arena to polish off a flawless four-for-four homestand.

Defenseman Sean Durzi scored two goals, both of which were assisted by center Phillip Danault and winger Arthur Kaliyev. Wingers Kevin Fiala and Carl Grundstrom also lit the lamp for the Kings. Cal Petersen turned away 18 bids. In all, the Kings scored twice on the power play and again an instant after a Detroit penalty had expired.

Winger Dominik Kubalik, center Dylan Larkin and defenseman Filip Hronek each tallied a man up for Detroit. Alex Nedeljkovic had a forgettable night in net, making 17 of 21 saves.

Detroit pulled Nedeljkovic for the extra attacker with around four minutes to play. Kubalik had a sterling opportunity six-on-five but he missed the net. Hronek hit it squarely, however, with a point shot that halved the Kings’ lead with 2:01 to play.

The power play gave and the power play took on Saturday, as the Kings surrendered a second goal while shorthanded less than two minutes into the final frame. Larkin set up between the circles and finished a tic-tac-toe play that left him tied for the team lead in goals, assists and points.

Detroit then nearly cut the Kings’ edge to a single goal but defenseman Matt Roy cleared a puck as it teetered on the goalline.

The Kings already added an insurance marker on the power play. It was Durzi’s second goal of the night and third of the season with a blast through traffic from the middle of the blue line with 6:19 left in the second period.

Winger Gabe Vilardi had two brushes with glory in the first 25 minutes of the game. After narrowly missing an open in the first period, he hit the crossbar in the second during a power play.

Yet the Kings scored mere seconds after that opportunity expired, when Danault recovered a rebound in tight quarters and alertly dished to Durzi for a short-side goal 6:23 into the stanza.

The first period saw the Kings score five-on-five and both teams notch a power-play goal, with the Kings’ man-advantage marker at 13:21 giving them a 2-1 lead as Fiala finished a play that built off sustained pressure.

Defenseman Drew Doughty was particularly active and his cross-ice pass fed Fiala for his fifth goal as a King, a backhand shot that dribbled through Nedeljkovic’s pads. A secondary assist for winger Adrian Kempe was his first point in his last six games.

Detroit had wasted little time in getting the game back to even, counterpunching with a power-play goal four minutes after the Kings opened the scoring.

It was Kubalik with a one-timer from the right faceoff circle for his team-leading seventh goal and 17th point of the season (his 10 assists are also tied for the team lead). Kubalik was originally a seventh-round draft pick by the Kings, but as the Czech’s profile rose in the Swiss National League, the Kings were unable to sign him and ultimately traded him.

The Kings debuted their newest reverse retro jerseys Saturday and they appeared to be feeling their new threads as they scored a goal nine seconds into the game.

Rasmus Kupari won the opening faceoff to defenseman Alex Edler, who sent the puck ahead to Kupari. He forced two Detroit defenders to commit before his fluttering backhand saucer pass set up Grundstrom’s fourth goal of the year.

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