NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Los Angeles|
(Monday, October 27th)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Los Angeles 3 (SO)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg each
scored in the shootout as the Detroit Red Wings came from behind to take a 4-3
win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Los Angeles went first in the shootout, but Dustin Brown couldn't put the puck
past Chris Osgood on a sweeping attempt from the right side. Datsyuk then
managed to score, switching quickly from forehand to backhand and flicking the
puck over Jason LaBarbera, off the right post and into the net.
Osgood stuffed Oscar Moller's attempt with his left pad before Zetterberg
skated in, faked out LaBarbera and also lifted the puck over the out-of-
position goaltender with a backhand shot.
Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula and Marian Hossa each scored in regulation for
the Red Wings, who have won five in a row -- including back-to-back shootouts.
Detroit topped Chicago, 6-5, on Saturday.
Osgood stopped just 16-of-19 shots in the win.
"It was a tight game and they had a solid defense," Zetterberg said of the
Kings. "They took advantage of our mistakes, but we played better defense
today and didn't let them shoot as much. But, the teams have been able to
shoot a little too much on our goal and today there was not much progress with
that. So, hopefully we can stick with it and improve our defense and decrease
the shots on goal. Even though we haven't played our best, we are just getting
our wings and we can improve."
Moller, Kyle Calder and Alexander Frolov each lit the lamp for the Kings, who
have lost two in a row. LaBarbera made 34 saves in the loss.
Frolov's tally gave LA the edge in a tie game early in the third period. In
the first minute, he got behind the Detroit defense and took a pass off the
left boards from Michal Handzus. Frolov skated in and attempted a shot, which
deflected off a Detroit skate and into the right corner of the net just 46
The Kings managed to hold the 3-2 lead through most of the final stanza, but
Filppula had the equalizer late in the period. Denis Gauthier tried to clear
the puck out of the LA zone, but Filppula intercepted it, skated toward the
net and snapped a low shot into the left corner of the net with just 1:54
"It's a play that you would like to have back and do over again," Kings coach
Terry Murray said of the turnover. "It was just one of those things that
happened in the game. You're trying to do the right thing on the breakout and
find the center ice man, but there was a mistake unfortunately and it ended up
being a goal that gives them all kinds of life and they got back into it."
The teams skated 4-on-4 for the final 1 1/2 minutes, but neither team could
make much of chances near the net.
"They were pressing, obviously, in the third and I thought we were doing a
pretty good job holding the fort down; just one bad break and they capitalized
on it," LaBarbera said. "A point is nice, but obviously we would have liked to
LaBarbera swallowed up the puck with his glove on a shot with 1:55 left in
overtime, and prevented Dan Cleary from stuffing it in.
Zetterberg opened the scoring just 5:54 into the game, but Moller tied it with
a power-play goal at 10:46 of the first period. The Kings took the lead on
Calder's first goal of the season just 1:16 into the second period, but
Hossa's power-play goal almost eight minutes later tied the game again.
Hossa was selected as one of the NHL's Three Stars on Monday, for the week
ending on October 26. He had three goals and three assists in helping Detroit
get three wins...The Kings are now 15-11 all-time in shootouts...LA's Anze
Kopitar has four assists in the last three games. He's now eight away from 100
as a King and in the NHL...Detroit won three of four meetings between the
clubs last season, and is 17-2-1 in the last 20 contests.
10/28 02:50:24 ET