Red Wings Blow Two-goal Lead, Fall to Kings, 3-2

The Detroit Red Wings had a two-goal lead less than halfway through the first period Saturday night but couldn't hold onto it, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Los Angeles Kings.

Valtteri Filppula walked in untouched on Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick, beating him with a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle at 5:29 of the first to open the scoring.

Just 2:02 later, a Brian Rafalski shot bounced off Todd Bertuzzi's knee and went past Quick on a five-on-three to put the Red Wings up by a pair.

The rest of the game would be all Los Angeles, however.

Anze Kopitar beat Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard on a rebound chance after a turnover by Jonathan Ericsson only 1:55 into the second period.

Peter Harrold tied it up at 6:27 of the third, then Brad Richardson put the Kings in front with 7:57 remaining, tipping in a chance from the slot.

The loss leaves the Red Wings three points behind the Kings in the standings and drops them back out of a playoff spot.

Howard made 30 saves on the night, facing 33 Kings chances. Quick stopped 31 of 33 Detroit shots.

The Red Wings went 1-for-3 on the power play while the Kings were scoreless in the same number of chances with the extra attacker.

Notes: Three fans made their way into the Joe Louis Arena rafters over section 124 at the start of the third period. The section was evactuated while security handled the situation.

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Kicking this thread off now, as I'll be out for the game itself.

LA sits one point ahead of the Wings in 7th place in the Western Conference. Carry the one... That means the Wings can move into 7th with a regulation win tonight.

Jimmy Howard with the start. Looks like Ville Leino remains in the lineup so there are no other changes.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2010 at 4:43 PM


No shootout is all I ask...

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/23/2010 at 5:28 PM


Fil had about an hour and a half to take that shot. Wow.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2010 at 7:18 PM


Awful call leading to Detroit's second goal. I'd be p*ssed if I were a Kings fan.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2010 at 7:26 PM


Wings just survived that period. Gotta get pressure going again in the third.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2010 at 8:45 PM


Goddamned right that didn't go in.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2010 at 9:04 PM


Clusterf*ck. Never should have been that open.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2010 at 9:06 PM


Defense just standing around. f*ck.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2010 at 9:16 PM


If only the first period counted, that would have been great. Goddammit.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/23/2010 at 9:34 PM


that makes it 4 out of the last 5 games we have given up a two goal lead. stars, caps, wild, and now kings. that was a hard two points to give up especially now that calgary has the edge on the tied standings, we are sitting 9th in the conference now.

Posted by rrasco on 1/23/2010 at 9:39 PM

Valtteri Filppula

Valtteri Filppula
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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