Red Wings Kick Off Road Trip with Win

The Detroit Red Wings started their four-game western road trip with a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings Monday night. The win extended their unbeaten streak against the Kings to 12 games.

Detroit netminder Chris Osgood, making his first appearance of the season, made 22 saves on 23 shots to earn the victory.

Los Angeles scored the game's first goal on a miscue by Osgood. Handcuffed on a shot by Aaron Miller, Osgood let the rebound fall to the top of the crease. Former Red Wing Sean Avery and rookie Anze Kopitar rushed in to put it past the sprawling Detroit goalie with only 45 seconds remaining in the first period.

The Red Wings evened the score midway through the second with Jason Williams off for hooking.

Johan Franzen and Kris Draper carried the puck to the Kings' blue line on a two-on-two when LA defenseman Rob Blake left Draper to put a big hit on Franzen. Franzen held the puck just long enough to get it to Draper, who skated in all alone to beat Kings netminder Dan Cloutier.

Just 1:37 into the third, a power play goal gave Detroit the lead. With Robert Lang controlling the puck at a bad angle to his right, Cloutier tried to cheat to the middle, but Lang threaded the puck just inside the post for his first of the season.

Lang scored again with 3:58 remaining in the game, locking up the Detroit win.

The Red Wings finished the night 1-for-5 on the power play and killed all eight of the Kings' chances with the man-advantage.

Cloutier stopped 24 of Detroit's 27 shots.

Detroit will be back in action on Wednesday when they visit the Anaheim Ducks.


Notes: The Red Wings haven't lost to Los Angeles since October 12, 2002.

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I'll be there! I'll also let you know how it's going <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/rock.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":therock:" border="0" alt="rock.gif" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/16/2006 at 2:38 PM

 

Thats pretty awsome. You should go buy some Gorilla Glue for Hasek <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/rock.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":therock:" border="0" alt="rock.gif" />

Posted by detroitredwings00 on 10/16/2006 at 3:12 PM

 

I was thinking more along the lines of that industrial strength velcro that the army uses on tents! It would fit easily onto his blocker

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/16/2006 at 3:32 PM

 

Thankfully, Osgood's getting the start, so stapling Hasek's stick to his glove can wait until Wednesday.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/16/2006 at 3:54 PM

 

Ugh, Osgood's gotta hold onto the rebound on that first goal. Looked like it might have handcuffed him a littlle bit, he seemed to change the way he was going to play it at the last second.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/16/2006 at 11:12 PM

 

Franzen makes the big sacrifice and Draper capitalizes with the shorthanded goal!

I actually expected Draper to miss, he's had horrible luck on breakaways for years.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/16/2006 at 11:49 PM

 

Tied after two, kind of ruins my plans to be able to crash early tonight. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/rock.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":therock:" border="0" alt="rock.gif" /> I gotta be back up in five hours! Finish this off, guys! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/17/2006 at 12:07 AM

 

Power play goal! Smart play by Lang to throw it on net with Cloutier cheating to the other side.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/17/2006 at 12:27 AM

 

Wings hold off the last push by LA, good to see them get the win to kick off the road trip.

Now I'm going to sleep. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/rock.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":therock:" border="0" alt="rock.gif" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/17/2006 at 1:02 AM

 

Well, several things to talk about:

1. First and foremost I have to get the cable to get the pictures out of my phone, I had a seat right behind the Wings penalty box, so I have some awesome close-ups of the guys. The official in the box even gave me a game-used puck despite the fact I was wearing my Wings jersey.

2. Something to be said for the fans in Cali, more than half of the people in my row had no clue what was going on. They were also rooting for some Wings that have since departed. One lady was wearing an Yzerman jersey and she asked how come he was not playing!

3. Kings Power Play SUCKED! Enough said.

4. I had a few issues with some of the calls that the refs made, it looked like they tried to make up for it later on by caling a few against the Kings. I will say that they made some garbage calls on both sides, but they even let some real obvious ones go! See the final minutes of play with that hook on Z. Z practically drug the guy down the ice with him.

5. Most of the Wings looked good, except for the minor error on Ozzie's part and D looked a little weak on some of his attempts.

6. All in all good game, great seats. Looking forward to the Ducks on Wed! Hoprfully I can get the pics out as well <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/rock.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":therock:" border="0" alt="rock.gif" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/17/2006 at 10:52 AM

 

That sounded like a good game! If Osgood just keeps his confidence up (not to much though) he'll be a smooth sailing guy. No comment on Hasek. I might be going to a game this November, not sure though. Overall, It sounded pretty good. Sadly, I didnt watch it. Went to sleep early.

Posted by detroitredwings00 on 10/17/2006 at 2:55 PM

 

Went to sleep early.


Right now I'm wishing I had done that. Rough day <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rock.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":therock:" border="0" alt="rock.gif" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/17/2006 at 4:06 PM

 

Clark,

Your as dedicated as Chelios

<img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/rock.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":therock:" border="0" alt="rock.gif" />

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/17/2006 at 4:33 PM

 

If I try to stay awake, I would. But on regular nights, I go to bed early say like 10:30. i need my sleep.

Posted by detroitredwings00 on 10/17/2006 at 9:35 PM

 

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