Game 68 (31-25-12)
DETROIT – After winning three straight decisions, the Los Angeles Kings have now lost two games in as many nights as they fall to the Red Wings by a score of 3-1. After Dwight King’s third-period tally put Los Angeles up by a goal, Detroit came back to tie thanks to a Valtteri Filpulla tip-in less than two minutes later before a Darren Helm tip-in turned out to be the decisive goal.
It wasn’t nearly as bad as their showing in December but the Los Angeles Kings are nonetheless disappointed at tonight’s end result, especially since they weren’t able to get any points out of it and, as a result, remain one point out of a playoff spot.
Jeff Carter’s power-play goal opened the scoring at 7:29 of the first. Henrik Zetterberg answered for Detroit later in the period before Justin Williams’ 16th regained the Kings lead before the opening frame was in the books.
Zetterberg’s second of the night was the lone goal in the second and in the third, it was Los Angeles regaining the lead before the Wings tied and ultimately took the lead and held onto it.
Jonathan Quick was not sharp on this night. Unlike his outing in Motown in December, he wasn’t chased from the net. With that said, though, he only made 11 saves as the Red Wings were able to score four times despite only muster 15 shots the entire night. On the other end, it wasn’t Jimmy Howard in the Detroit goal but Joey MacDonald who may not have been stellar but was good enough to preserve the win for his team.
While Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown each helped out with an assist each in a losing effort. The Kings now fall to 0-3-0 against the Red Wings this season with their final meeting coming this coming Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Now, the Kings will need to regroup as they close out their road trip on Sunday in Chicago against the Blackhawks. We’ll see if the Kings have what it takes to start a new winning streak.