LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- First there was the "Miracle at Manchester." Now there is the "Stunner at Staples."
The Los Angeles Kings rallied for three goals in the final 6:07 of regulation and tied their Western Conference quarterfinal series at two games apiece with a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings when rookie Eric Belanger scored 2:36 into overtime.
Detroit appeared set to take a three games to one lead back home, building a three-goal lead on power-play tallies by Pat Verbeek, Steve Duchesne and Vyacheslav Kozlov.
But Belanger's first career playoff goal capped the Kings' stunning comeback, which came almost exactly 19 years after they scored five times in the third period and defeated the heavily favored Edmonton Oilers on Daryl Evans' overtime goal in Game Three of the 1982 Smythe Division semifinals.
That rally has been dubbed the "Miracle at Manchester" and propelled the Kings into the second round, where they have been only four times since.
Belanger was the hero on Wednesday. Adam Deadmarsh threw a centering pass out of the right corner, but the puck deflected off teammate Ian Laperriere, who was tied up in front. It also got a piece of goaltender Chris Osgood's stick before coming to Belanger, who wristed it into the top of the net.
"It was a change and Adam Deadmarsh was still on the ice. And he made a play from the corner and Lappy tipped it in front," Belanger said. "I don't think the guys from the Red Wings saw me coming from the bench. I just picked up the puck and put it in."
Referee Mick McGeough initially waved off the goal, which was reinstated after a brief video review.
"I didn't know it was in at first because I was turning and the puck just came out," Belanger said. "It was just a great feeling."
The Kings will carry the momentum into Game Five on Saturday afternoon at Detroit.
"I just see it as an evening up of the series right now," Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said. "We talked about having a goal of having Game Six in LA. We'd love Game Six to be the game where we can close the series out."
Red Wings defenseman Larry Murphy was a member of the Kings during the "Miracle at Manchester." Now he's on the other side of the equation.
"You're going to meet lots of adversity in the playoffs and you've got to overcome it. That's usually what it takes to win it all," he said. "The challenge is there. They've got the momentum. Now it is up to us to get back into this."
Los Angeles' comeback was started by another unlikely source. On the power play, Scott Thomas scored from the top of the crease after Osgood stopped shots by Mathieu Schneider and Belanger. It was Thomas' first career playoff goal after netting three in 24 regular-season games.
"We said some good things could happen if we got the first one. But it looked like it might be quite a while before we got that one," Murray said. "It was nice to see it go in, but you are down 3-1. You have got to get the next one."
Less than two minutes later, Detroit's Martin Lapointe was penalized for interference and the Kings scored 55 seconds into the ensuing power play. Jozef Stumpel threw the puck at the net from a bad angle on the left side. It caromed off defenseman Chris Chelios' stick and Osgood's right pad before trickling toward the goal line.
While the Kings celebrated, the Red Wings protested. The goal withstood a video review, although replays appeared to show the puck did not travel entirely over the goal line.
"I think there was absolutely no way it went in," Osgood said.
The Staples Center burst into bedlam with 53 seconds left when Bryan Smolinski got the puck at the edge of the right faceoff circle off a goalmouth scramble and wristed it past a startled Osgood.
"I believed we had a chance to come back the whole time," Kings left wing Luc Robitaille said. "I told (my teammates) that and I could see everybody believed it. Tonight's win was just a big confidence builder."
Despite playing without injured stars Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan, the Red Wings grabbed a 1-0 lead on Verbeek's goal 13:57 into the game. They made it 3-0 as Duchesne and Kozlov scored 92 seconds apart early in the second period.
Detroit is 8-for-22 on the power play in the series.