Quincey's Fluke Goal Not Enough as Kings Rally Past Red Wings

Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey scored in his return from injury on Wednesday night but it wasn't enough for Detroit, as the Los Angeles Kings rallied in the third period for a 2-1 win.

Quincey had missed two games with an ankle injury before returning - along with Brendan Smith - to the Detroit blue line. Johan Franzen also returned from injury but the team lost Valtteri Filppula.

Quincey's goal, scored at 9:42 of the first period, came on an improbable play. With the puck being cleared around the left wing boards, Quincey pinched in and threw it at Kings netminder Jonathan Bernier. Bernier knocked it high into the air with his glove, then lost track of it as it came down, bounced off his own back, and into the net.

It stood for over forty minutes as the game's only goal, through a second-period stretch that saw the Red Wings kill off a four-minute LA power play, of which a full two minutes was a two-man advantage.

The Kings finally got on the board during another five-on-three. With 9:34 remaining in regulation, Jeff Carter tipped an intentionally-wide shot by Mike Richards past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to tie the game, 1-1.

With 4:48 left the Kings took the lead. D.J. King dug the puck out from along the right wing boards and sent it to Anze Kopitar all alone in front of Howard, where he had time to slide the puck around him to make it 2-1.

Detroit would be unable to even things back up.

Howard finished the night with 27 saves on 29 shots. Bernier stopped 32 of the 33 chances he faced.

Carter's goal was the only power play goal of the night. Detroit had three tries with the extra attacker while Los Angeles had five, including 2:46 of five-on-three time.

The Red Wings will be back in action Thursday night in San Jose.


Notes: With Quincey and Smith returning from injury, Kent Huskins and Ian White were the healthy scratches on defense for Detroit.

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Had to let DH.N Bot kick off the game thread 'cause the Wings are unbeaten when he does. And I probably just jinxed it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/27/2013 at 10:03 PM

 

Kyle Quincey's first goal of the season would be like that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/27/2013 at 10:32 PM

 

Really solid period, helped a lot by the pair of power plays even if they didn't score on them. Lots of possession. Better than the last game against LA, for sure.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/27/2013 at 10:49 PM

 

Awesome PK. Best of the season.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/27/2013 at 11:35 PM

 

Lead only being one terrifies me but the Wings are playing a really efficient game, especially in the PK. All about positioning.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/27/2013 at 11:44 PM

 

Both of the penalties to put the Wings on that five-on-three were deserved (though the faceoff violation is a stupid rule), but, damn, Kings have had nothing in this game outside of their power plays.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/28/2013 at 12:24 AM

 
Kyle Quincey

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