Red Wings Hold Off Kings for 7-4 Win

The Los Angeles Kings scored the final three goals Monday night but it wasn't enough to recover from Detroit's early scoring, with the Red Wings holding on for a 7-4 victory to kick off their West Coast road trip.

The Kings were already down 7-1 when they scored three goals in the final 7:34 of the game.

Dustin Brown made it 7-2 when he picked up a loose puck in front of Howard and whipped it past him.

Wayne Simmonds added another goal with 1:05 left to play, poking the puck past Howard from the top of the crease.

Brad Richardson finished off the game's scoring with 21 seconds remaining, tipping a Matt Greene chance past Howard.

Michal Handzus had opened the scoring at 4:09 of the first, banging home a rebound chance from the side of the net on a Los Angeles power play.

Drew Miller replied for the Red Wings at 6:37 of the period, banking a shot off of LA goalie Jonathan Quick from an acute angle.

Detroit took the lead just 30 seconds later when Danny Cleary knifed a Jiri Hudler shot out of the air and past Quick from the slot.

A Nicklas Lidstrom blast from the blue line off a feed from Mike Modano made it 3-1 with 1:12 left in the first. It was Detroit's first of two power play goals on the night.

Pavel Datsyuk scored the Wings' second power play goal with 42 seconds left in the second period. Datsyuk held the puck in at the blue line and worked his way into the left faceoff circle to snap a shot over Quick's glove.

Darren Helm made it 5-1 at 2:01 of the third period, clearing the puck past Drew Doughty at the point in the Detroit end and racing down the ice on a shorthanded breakaway before beating Quick five-hole.

Miller notched his second of the night at 5:53, knocking the rebound of a Kris Draper chance past Quick and ending the goaltender's night.

Hudler wrapped up Detroit's scoring with 9:38 to play, taking a cross-ice feed from Jakub Kindl and putting the puck into the open side of Jonathan Bernier's net as a power play expired.

The Red Wings finished the night with two power play goals on four chances with the extra attacker. Los Angeles went one-for-four on the power play.

Howard made 35 saves on 39 shots in picking up the win. Quick took the loss with 18 saves on 24 shots, while Bernier stopped two of the three chances he faced.

The Red Wings continue their road trip on Wednesday in Anaheim.


Notes: The Red Wings were without defenseman Brian Rafalski and forward Johan Franzen. Rafalski missed his second consecutive game with back spasms while Franzen was allowed to remain home in Detroit following the birth of his first child.

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Damned West Coast trips. I've gotta be at the office early tomorrow, tonight's game is gonna kill me.

Mule in Detroit to celebrate the birth of his first kid so Miller makes it back in the lineup. Rafalski's still dealing with back spasms so Kindl stays on the blue line.

The Kings traded for Dustin Penner but I don't know if he's in the lineup tonight.

That's all I've got. I need a nap before the game starts.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/28/2011 at 9:35 PM

 

Well, I get to watch the VS feed, courtesy of AFN. At last! A hockey game that's not Pittsburg. Below is a complaint I sent in to the AFN customer service:

To: Armed Forces Network:

"I would like to draw your attention to the poor scheduling of hockey. I understand that it must compete with other sports on AFN but it gets very old watching thugs play basketball and a bunch of rednecks running around in circles. NASCAR is not even a sport! It's a circus sideshow like WWE; which you puzzle me by scheduling both on AFN sports. Now let's get to the point of hockey. As a lifelong hockey fan, I cannot fathom why so many of the games AFN broadcasts are of the Pittsburg Penguins. No one cares about Pittsburg! It's a dead market. Please do your homework and carry games that people will WANT to watch. Pittsburg does not even compare to market size and the fan bases of: Toronto, New York, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Boston, Buffalo, Montreal, and Philadelphia. Please adjust your scheduling to reflect the fans' desires."

Name (mine) witheld.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/28/2011 at 10:18 PM

 

OK. I take that back. I'm getting the LA feed on AFN.

Wish I could also tap into WXYT but live stream audio is banned on DoD computers.

Anywho, we got hockey in Afghanistan!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/28/2011 at 10:41 PM

 

I'm not sure what the deal with AFN and Pittsburgh is of late. In the past, they have done a better job of showing several different teams. That being said, let's get the first goal tonight!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/28/2011 at 10:42 PM

 

OK. I take that back. I'm getting the LA feed on AFN.Wish I could also tap into WXYT but live stream audio is banned on DoD computers.Anywho, we got hockey in Afghanistan!


It's has to be your area as I can listen to 97.1 on NMCI at work.

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/28/2011 at 10:43 PM

 

Murph can justify it all he wants, weak call. And there's the power play goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/28/2011 at 10:46 PM

 

Here we go with the slow start...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/28/2011 at 10:46 PM

 

MILLER TIME!!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/28/2011 at 10:50 PM

 

Welcome back Miller! One bad goal deserves another.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/28/2011 at 10:50 PM

 

HUDS! Makes it 2-1!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/28/2011 at 10:51 PM

 

Clears! What's Quick complaining about?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/28/2011 at 10:51 PM

 

We got a bad call our way. That's a rarity.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/28/2011 at 11:08 PM

 

Chiming in a little late but that was no high stick. Maybe interference but the wrong call.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/28/2011 at 11:09 PM

 

Great PP shift by Modano. Nice shot by Nick. Crazy game so far.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/28/2011 at 11:13 PM

 

Lids at 18:48! Looks like it may have hit Bert's stick.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/28/2011 at 11:14 PM

 

YZerFan19 said: "Great PP shift by Modano. Nice shot by Nick. Crazy game so far."

Agree. The score doesn't reflect how the game's been going.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/28/2011 at 11:23 PM

 

Not sure how much contact Huds made. Guess we'll call that an evener.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 2/28/2011 at 11:39 PM

 

Not sure how much contact Huds made. Guess we'll call that an evener.


That kind of night so far. Part of me says just get this game over with 'cause it's been going too oddly.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/28/2011 at 11:41 PM

 

You get the sense that fortunes can turn quickly in this game. Yes, just let it end ASAP.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/1/2011 at 12:01 AM

 

This period has been all Kings. We can't get any sustained pressure in their end. Looks like we're trying to rope-a-dope them.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/1/2011 at 12:07 AM

 

Pasha at 19:19! That man can do it all!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/1/2011 at 12:10 AM

 

Great shot by Pavs. Pretty good setup for the third period.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/1/2011 at 12:11 AM

 

Helm with the SHG!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/1/2011 at 12:31 AM

 

Short-hander HELM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was just going to say how bad our PK looked tonight and how lucky we are LA doesn't have 2-3 goals.

Yes. It's one of those nights.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/1/2011 at 12:32 AM

 

Miller with another. Can we get the running clock going, it's late.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/1/2011 at 12:37 AM

 

Sounds like the Wings fans have taken over the crowd.

And Miller at 5:53 makes it 6-1.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/1/2011 at 12:37 AM

 

7-1? Sounds like bedtime to me.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 3/1/2011 at 12:46 AM

 

There's another. I think they were just practicing, that was a lot of passing and not a lot of shooting.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/1/2011 at 12:46 AM

 

Kings' announcer said Miller dove. Clearly, it looked like he lost his skate over the LA foot.

Huds for the PP goal at 10:22!!!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/1/2011 at 12:46 AM

 

Loud horn for such a worthless goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/1/2011 at 12:49 AM

 

With the way the night's been going for the Kings. I'd say they were well overdue for a goal. I don't think Howie stood a chance at that turn-around shot by D Brown.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/1/2011 at 12:50 AM

 

Zzzzzzz...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/1/2011 at 1:02 AM

 

Oh sh#t. Here comes LA.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/1/2011 at 1:02 AM

 

Now 7-4. Wings are alread back at the hotel. What a sloppy game all around.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 3/1/2011 at 1:04 AM

 

Wings set themselves up too well to blow that one.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 3/1/2011 at 1:05 AM

 

Agreed. Had there been another 10 minutes it could have quickly become 7-6. As we have seen in the past, they got way to comfortable with the lead so they were lazy and gave up three goals in the third period. At this point, all I want is for them to play like they are capable of in Anaheim since it is costing me a pretty penny to take them fam to the Honda Center and sit in the lower bowl near the glass.

I don't get it. 65 dollars a seat for a game against the wild and almost three times that much for the Wings. These season ticket holders are getting their money and then some. It p*sses me off that honest and long time (going back to the days of the Dead Wings) fans can't get a good deal in a sea of fair weather/bandwagon fans.

Posted by SYfanSD on 3/1/2011 at 8:37 PM

 
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