Red Wings Wrap Homestand with Win over Kings

The Detroit Red Wings closed out a stretch that saw them play nine of eleven games at home Wednesday night, finishing the run with a 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

The Red Wings earned 21 of a possible 22 points in that time. They will now play five games in a row on the road.

Detroit took control of the game early but the Kings made a several-minute run at the end of the first period and early in the second, tying the game before the Red Wings regained control.

Henrik Zetterberg got the Red Wings on the board just 59 seconds into the game with a power play goal. Nicklas Lidstrom held the puck in at the Kings' blue line and worked it to Zetterberg near the slot for a quick wrister past goalie Jason Labarbara.

At 7:37 of the period, Jiri Hudler stretched the Wings' lead to two, putting in the rebound of a blast from the blue line by Niklas Kronwall.

Dustin Brown's power play goal with 1:28 left in the first got the Kings on the board and Patrick O'Sullivan scored on a rush just 15 seconds into the second period to even things up.

Tomas Holmstrom put the Wings back in the lead 3:20 later, poking the puck from under Labarbara and into the net after a shot by Zetterberg.

Dan Cleary restored Detroit's two-goal lead on the power play with 8:15 remaining in the middle frame, tipping a Kronwall shot from the blue line.

Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula closed out the game's scoring in the third period.

Frazen scored just 49 seconds in, knocking home the rebound of an Andreas Lilja shot. Filppula's goal came at 8:57 when his shot on goal was tipped past Labarbara by defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky.

Labarbara finished the night with 29 saves on 35 shots. Dominik Hasek made 18 saves on 20 shots in Detroit's net.

Detroit went two-for-five with the extra attacker while the Kings were one-for-four.

The Red Wings are back in action on Thursday when they visit the St. Louis Blues in the second of three games in four nights.


Notes: Kris Draper returned to the Detroit lineup after missing nine games with a knee injury. Aaron Downey was a healthy scratch to make room for Draper... Kronwall's four assists were a career-high.

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Kris Draper returns to the Detroit lineup tonight. Aaron Downey will sit to make room. Kirk Maltby is still out.

Hasek gets the start against Jason Labarbara for LA.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2007 at 7:33 PM

 

Well that was fast. Excellent shot by Zata and a really good hold by Lidstrom to make it possible.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2007 at 7:43 PM

 

Bad luck on the Kings goal, another bad bounce off a defenseman. Not in the net this time, but right to Brown.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2007 at 8:14 PM

 

Awww damn, come on Dom, make the big save.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2007 at 8:35 PM

 

If I were a Kings fan, I'd be p*ssed about the play not being blown dead on Holmstrom's goal. But I'm not, so I won't complain.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2007 at 8:40 PM

 

Random fact: On today's date in 1917 the first-ever NHL games were played. Final scores: Montreal Canadiens 7 @ Ottawa Senators 4, Toronto Arenas 9 @ Montreal Wanderers 10.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2007 at 8:47 PM

 

Aside from the hiccup that let the Kings catch up, the Wings really dismantled Los Angeles tonight. To be expected when first plays worst but it's the kind of game that can catch the Wings.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/19/2007 at 10:21 PM

 

Was only able to watch bits and pieces of the game, but based on what I did see it was clear the WINGS dominated the KINGS offensively and defensively. Probably the most sound thumping I've seen this season.

It was nice to see KRONWALL rewarded with 4 assists.

The KINGS 2nd goal did cause me a little concern about DOM's net minding abilities. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on this one. I'm sure DOM would like to have that goal back. I just hope its not indicative of a problem on DOM's glove side.

Posted by skyguy52 on 12/20/2007 at 12:37 AM

 

The only comment I have about the game is that Homer finally got a break. After all of his interference calls it was nice to see him finally get away with one.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/20/2007 at 8:23 AM

 

Was the KINGS 2nd goal --- the rising slap shot that got past DOM's glove side into the top left corner of the net --- an indicator of a decline in HASEK's net minding abilities?

Should this be a cause for concern?

I think this is a fair question, given HASEK's overall play this far this year.

Anyone care to comment?

Thanks.

Posted by skyguy52 on 12/20/2007 at 2:57 PM

 

Was the KINGS 2nd goal --- the rising slap shot that got past DOM's glove side into the top left corner of the net --- an indicator of a decline in HASEK's net minding abilities?Should this be a cause for concern?I think this is a fair question, given HASEK's overall play this far this year.Anyone care to comment?Thanks.


NO[He's not, but Yes, that's a comment]. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />Uhhh, with age comes more restrictions I s'pose. I guess I shouldn't be making excuses for him though since I am not of that age or a professional hockey player.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/20/2007 at 4:22 PM

 

I thought that goal was a bit fluky. Upon reply, it looked like it could have been tipped but it seemed like he should have had plenty of time to respond. I'd hate it in a loss but in a win I can let it go.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/20/2007 at 7:57 PM

 

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