The Detroit Red Wings skated to a draw with the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday night. The Wings and Kings both scored one goal in each of the three regulation periods and were held scoreless in overtime.
Los Angeles opened the scoring at the 8:33 mark of the first period. Lubomir Visnovsky fired a shot from the top of the right circle that deflected off a skate and past Red Wings netminder Curtis Joseph to put the Kings up 1-0.
Detroit answered back 3:34 later with a power play goal of their own. Tomas Holmstrom beat Kings goalie Felix Potvin, jamming home a rebound on the third attempt.
Los Angeles regained the lead early in the second with another power play goal. Mathieu Schneider took a pass in the high slot and faked out Joseph, beating him to put the Kings up 2-1.
Detroit countered with 7:28 remaining in the second. Pavel Datsyuk scored his first of the season, skating through the slot and beating Potvin on the backhand.
The Red Wings took their first and only lead of the game at 6:26 of the third period. Sergei Fedorov put a slap shot from the high slot past Potvin to put Detroit up 3-2.
Jason Allison finished the game’s scoring near the midway point of the third, deflecting a shot off of Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom’s stick and past Joseph to put the game at a 3-3 tie.
The teams traded odd-man rushes in overtime before the Kings failed to convert on a power play.
Joseph stopped twenty-eight of thirty-one shots faced for Detroit. Potvin made twenty-five saves on twenty-eight shots for Los Angeles.
Rookie defenseman Dmitri Bykov was a healthy scratch for the first time this season… The Wings are back in action Friday when Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins come to the Joe