Rookie Howard Leads Red Wings over Kings

Rookie goaltender Jim Howard stopped twenty-two shots en route to his first National Hockey League victory as his Detroit Red Wings defeated the Los Angeles Kings Monday night, 5-2.

Howard, making his first start in the NHL after backing up Manny Legace and Chris Osgood for 13 games and going unbeaten in six AHL contests this season, allowed his first career goal on a penalty shot at 7:39 of the second period.

Kirk Maltby dove to block a possible shot by the Kings' Joe Corvo. As Maltby spun and reached with his stick to continue blocking Corvo, it was knocked out of his hands. Referee Wes McCauley quickly called Maltby for throwing his stick and awarded an automatic penalty shot to Corvo.

The Red Wings had opened the scoring at 4:03 of the second after a scoreless first period. After a long stretch of uninterrupted play while the teams went end-to-end several times, Chris Chelios took the puck in the high slot and ripped a hard shot past Los Angeles goalie Jason Labarbera.

Chelios was using one of Kirk Maltby's sticks after trying it out during the morning skate and breaking four panes of glass with it.

Just 1:58 after LA's penalty shot goal, Detroit regained the lead as Mathieu Schneider continued his hot streak, scoring a power play goal from the top of the right circle.

Captain Steve Yzerman, returning to the lineup after sitting out Saturday's game in San Jose, scored the eventual game-winner with 6:17 left in the middle period. Jason Williams sent a hard shot from the top of the right circle that Yzerman tipped in the slot. The goal was scored on the power play with a delayed penalty coming against the Kings.

Henrik Zetterberg added to the Wings' total with 4:41 remaining in the game, scoring on his own rebound while on a three-on-two with Pavel Datsyuk and Mikael Samuelsson.

Nicklas Lidstrom added an empty net goal off an intercepted pass at the Detroit blue line with 1:43 left.

The Kings closed out the scoring with 1:01 remaining when former Red Wing Sean Avery deflected a Nathan Dempsey shot from the point at the edge of the crease, over Howard's shoulder.

Labarbera, also a rookie, stopped 24 of the 28 shots he faced.

Detroit went two-for-six on the power play while holding the Kings scoreless on their seven chances.

The Red Wings will be off until Thursday night when they host the Calgary Flames.


Notes: Robert Lang left the game during the second period with a groin injury.

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Tonight should be a preview to what the playoffs are going to be like. I want to see Chelios check the hell out of Roenick!!!!! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/28/2005 at 5:38 PM

 

Wow, that was the worst penalty shot call I've ever seen. If the ref can't call the game right, he should stick his whistle up his ass and get the hell off the ice. Thanks for letting the Kings tie it up guys, way to go.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/28/2005 at 11:43 PM

 

Wow, this game gets interesting real quick. Schneider's frikkin' on fire. Then Shanny gets an elbow and Avery and, not surprisingly, Avery has to have someone else avenge him.

I know a lot of Wings fans still like Avery, but the guy's a punk and a wuss, I'm glad he's gone.

And again the refs make a terrible call by not giving the instigating penalty to Gleason.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/28/2005 at 11:51 PM

 

All's well that ends well? The Wings get the win and get a few days off, can't complain too much about that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/29/2005 at 1:11 AM

 

That call that the ref made on Maltby is an example of why we need instant replay in the NHL at least let the coaches challenge major calls like that. That ref needs to stand at center ice and have the entire red wings squad throw sticks at him, that way he will be able to tell what stick throwing is. Way to go Chelly!!! I bet he comes back next season. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/29/2005 at 9:49 AM

 

Howard looked real solid in his first NHL start. Team USA should take notes!!!! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/29/2005 at 9:50 AM

 

Howard looked real solid in his first NHL start. Team USA should take notes!!!! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cursing.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":cursing:" border="0" alt="cursing.gif" />


yah never know, maybe 2010 winter olympics, its good to see an american goalie do so well.<img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/flagusa.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":flagusa:" border="0" alt="flagusa.gif" /> <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cursing.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":cursing:" border="0" alt="cursing.gif" />

Posted by yzerman19 on 12/5/2005 at 11:53 AM

 

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