Red Wings Close Road Trip with OT Loss to Kings

The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up their three-game California road trip with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings Saturday night. The Red Wings took five of a possible six points while on the West Coast.

The loss spoiled the return of goaltender Chris Osgood, making his first start after missing a month with a groin injury. Osgood made 22 saves on 25 shots on the night.

Detroit took a 1-0 lead with 4:31 left in the first period when Jonathan Ericsson pinched in to slap the rebound of a Pavel Datsyuk shot over diving LA goalie Jonathan Quick.

The Kings tied things back up 24 seconds into the second period, when Justin Williams tipped a Rob Scuderi shot in the slot to beat Osgood.

Todd Bertuzzi restored the Detroit lead just 48 seconds later with a goal similar to Ericsson's, pinching in from the point to put a rebound into the top of the net.

Like Detroit, Los Angeles' second goal mirrored their first. Alec Martinez fired from the point and the puck deflected off of Darren Helm, pulling the Kings back into a tie at 7:18 of the second.

Anze Kopitar won it for the Kings in overtime. On a three-on-two with Dustin Brown and Martinez, Kopitar slowed up to get open at the top of the right circle for a one-timer past Osgood with 56 seconds remaining.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, each having two tries with the extra attacker.

Quick made 27 saves on 29 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings now return home for a three-game homestand, starting Monday against the San Jose Sharks.


Notes: Kris Draper made his first appearance of the season, having missed the first 23 games after surgery for a sports hernia. He was -1 in 5:14 of play.

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Wings starting strong

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/4/2010 at 10:41 PM

 

Huds working on D for the PP... Interesting... I saw that last night as well

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/4/2010 at 10:48 PM

 

Stupid play by Osgood. Great stop early in the PK though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/4/2010 at 10:54 PM

 

Great shot by Ericsson. It's amazing how that injury seems to have snapped him out of his slump.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/4/2010 at 11:08 PM

 

Hows Ozzie looking?

0-3 on the PP already?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/4/2010 at 11:10 PM

 

Nice redirection. Damn.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/4/2010 at 11:31 PM

 

Miscommunication there

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/4/2010 at 11:31 PM

 

Hows Ozzie looking?


Solid, a couple good saves, not much he could do on the goal.


0-3 on the PP already?


0-1, IIRC.Bertuzzi put that right where he needed to. Quick response.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/4/2010 at 11:32 PM

 

Hey! Bert scored!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/4/2010 at 11:34 PM

 


Hows Ozzie looking?


Solid, a couple good saves, not much he could do on the goal.


0-3 on the PP already?


0-1, IIRC.Bertuzzi put that right where he needed to. Quick response.

I misread the event summary page. That's 0-3 (shots) on the pp. My bad.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/4/2010 at 11:38 PM

 

Another damn deflection. Osgood not getting help.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/4/2010 at 11:40 PM

 

Overtime. This game has gotten a bit boring, Wings playing a bit tired.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/5/2010 at 12:59 AM

 

First off, someone should have been able to catch up with Kopitar there.

More importantly, Kopitar did what I wish Bertuzzi had done on Detroit's 3-on-2 chance earlier in OT.

The Kings were three across hitting the blue line but Kopitar held up, giving them a man up high to drop the puck across to. Either Bertuzzi or Stuart needed to stay up high earlier to give the Wings that same opportunity. If a defender is on Stuart in the middle and Bert is in line with Stuie, that defender is effectively covering two guys.

Overall, like I said a second ago, Wings looked tired, probably should be happy to get the point.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/5/2010 at 1:10 AM

 

Overall, like I said a second ago, Wings looked tired, probably should be happy to get the point.


Agreed. Five out of six points on the road with back to back games is not bad.Side note: Does anyone else agree with the "Big E" nickname for Ericsson?

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/5/2010 at 9:38 PM

 
Chris Osgood

Chris Osgood
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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