Red Wings Blow Three-Goal Lead, Fall to Kings

A three-goal lead after the first period wasn't enough for the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday as they allowed four unanswered goals in the final forty minutes of play and lost to the Los Angeles Kings, 4-3.

It was the ninth consecutive win for the Kings, a franchise record.

Alexander Frolov started the LA comeback at 9:16 of the second period. Detroit defender Brad Stuart sent a bad outlet pass from behind the Red Wings' goal straight into Kings' posession and Frolov drove to the net, banging a rebound past goalie Jimmy Howard.

A turnover by Howard led to the Kings' second goal with 5:13 left in the period. The puck came to the side of the Detroit net on a dump-in and Howard came out to play it. He couldn't control the puck and Michal Handzus raced it, swatting it into the net.

Just 1:34 later, Ryan Smyth tipped a the puck in from the front of the net to tie the game.

After the Red Wings controlled the first fifteen minutes of the third period without a goal, Los Angeles took the lead when Handzus cut across the top of the crease and put a shot around Howard with 2:11 remaining.

The Red Wings had opened the game's scoring at 8:44 of the first period, when Henrik Zetterberg took a centering pass from Pavel Datsyuk and tipped a shot into the open side of the Kings' net, past goaltender Jonathan Quick.

Just 16 seconds later, Valtteri Filppula put a shot on goal that deflected off of an LA defenseman and past Quick for a 2-0 lead.

Zetterberg added Detroit's third goal with five seconds remaining in the period, swatting a rebound chance over the sprawling Quick.

Neither team scored a power play goal in the game. Detroit had four tries with the extra attacker while Los Angeles had three.

Howard stopped 23 of 27 shots against. Quick made 20 saves on 23 Detroit chances.


Notes: The Red Wings lost Tomas Holmstrom to a bruised knee after the first period. Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller left the game after the second with ankle injuries after blocking shots.

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I was going to post earlier about how today's Wings - Kings game could be the last time we see at least one Red Wing in the lineup... And then Ville Leino was traded before I got the chance.

Speaking of roster moves, Niklas Kronwall remains out, expected to make his second return from injury on Tuesday alongside Johan Franzen.

Jimmy Howard gets the start against a Los Angeles team riding a team-record eight-game winning streak.

Game time is an odd 4:00 PM.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 1:28 PM

 

I was going to post earlier about how today's Wings - Kings game could be the last time we see at least one Red Wing in the lineup... And then Ville Leino was traded before I got the chance.Speaking of roster moves, Niklas Kronwall remains out, expected to make his second return from injury on Tuesday alongside Johan Franzen.Jimmy Howard gets the start against a Los Angeles team riding a team-record eight-game winning streak.Game time is an odd 4:00 PM.


I was going to go to this game hoawever, Kronner is out and the weather (rain) does not make for an easy trip on California highways. All I want is for us to go on a winng streak. 10 games would be nice...

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/6/2010 at 2:45 PM

 

Odd game time but much better than 10:30 tonight!

Posted by fitch.1918 on 2/6/2010 at 3:58 PM

 

I was going to go to this game hoawever, Kronner is out and the weather (rain) does not make for an easy trip on California highways. All I want is for us to go on a winng streak. 10 games would be nice...


Much like southerners complaining about snow, I just have to shake my head when Californians complain about rain.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 4:12 PM

 

Lackluster power play to start things off, not good.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 4:21 PM

 

Wow, fantastic play to make that pass. Fake cleared just enough space.

Edit: Wasn't a fake, Datsyuk tried to make the initial pass but it was blocked. A bit fortunate.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 4:24 PM

 

Two goals in a matter of seconds. Wow.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 4:25 PM

 

Eaves now Detroit’s best PK specialist? I’m thinking so.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 4:34 PM

 

Very good kill considering they were out there the entire time

Posted by fitch.1918 on 2/6/2010 at 4:36 PM

 

"Oh my f*cking god."

One of the Kings didn't like that call. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 4:41 PM

 

Zata! That's why you hang around the net.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 4:45 PM

 

Is anyone surprised that a botched clearing attempt turned into a goal against?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 5:13 PM

 

Is anyone surprised that a botched clearing attempt turned into a goal against?


Things were going too well for it to not happen?

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 2/6/2010 at 5:15 PM

 

Hell of a chance there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 5:17 PM

 

Well, Homer won't return today. Sweet.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 5:26 PM

 

What in the f*ck was that, Jimmy?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 5:27 PM

 

Jesus motherf*cking Christ, I hate this team sometimes.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 5:30 PM

 

Well, Homer's out, the Kings score a bunch, and Zata gets called for the same thing Brown did unpunished at the other end. Great f*cking period.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 5:36 PM

 

glad I missed most of that period.......jesus

Posted by fitch.1918 on 2/6/2010 at 5:41 PM

 

Eaves gone? The Curse of Ville Leino.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 5:55 PM

 

Oh, it's not Eaves... it's Eaves *and* Miller.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 5:59 PM

 

If the Wings manage to get a point out of this clusterf*ck, I will laugh until I cry.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 6:03 PM

 

Motherf*cking post.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 6:16 PM

 

Why was Howard down that early?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/6/2010 at 6:23 PM

 

You know... The only consistant thing about the Wings this season is their knack for blowing a perfectly good lead.

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/6/2010 at 9:47 PM

 

That was a painful game to watch right there. Bad blown lead, but the Kings are really showing their stuff by winning a game like that.

But still, the Kings won. AGAIN. I'm getting tired of them winning.

Posted by Shade on 2/7/2010 at 12:05 AM

 

just a few more losses and i can stop watching the tragedy on ice.

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 2/8/2010 at 12:59 AM

 
Henrik Zetterberg takes a faceoff

Henrik Zetterberg takes a faceoff
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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