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“For him to do that, I thought it was pretty cool,” said Doughty, who will play for Canada next month at the Winter Olympics. “I loved it, actually.”

Howard finished with 30 saves.

Quick, who stopped 33 shots, shrugged off the tough-luck loss.

“Season ended against Chicago, Game 5, last year,” he said. “That’s tougher.”

Richards broke a scoreless tie at 9:06 of the second, and Henrik Zetterberg tied it 41 seconds later.

The Kings went ahead on a power play, but Dwight King was penalized for holding onto the puck with 1:45 left in regulation. That proved to be costly.

“They could see the puck when Dwight King covered it with his hand, but they couldn’t see it when it went over the barn and came back in,” Sutter said.

Zetterberg’s goal ended a scoreless streak that lasted 152 minutes, 21 seconds and dated to last week’s win against the Kings.

The Red Wings started a season-high, five-game homestand, and they hope that is good news.

Detroit, which had won only one of its last eight home games, started Saturday with an NHL-low six home victories this season. The Red Wings won for just the second time in nine shootouts.

Detroit was without seven skaters who would have been in its lineup if healthy, including Pavel Datsyuk for the sixth straight game because of a lower-body injury. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said the team has players making “millions and millions,” that never seem to play.

NOTES: Tatar returned from a one-game absence to attend his father’s funeral and replaced Mikael Samuelsson. … Kings D Matt Greene was scratched for a second straight game because of an upper-body injury. … Datsyuk isn’t expected to play Monday against St. Louis. … The Kings, who had won two straight, are two games into a five-game trip. They have lost five straight at Joe Louis Arena.

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