NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Los Angeles
(Saturday, February 6th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, Detroit 3
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Michal Handzus' second tally of the game helped Los Angeles score four unanswered goals to take a 4-3 win over Detroit and give the Kings a club-record ninth straight win.
Alexander Frolov had a goal and an assist while Ryan Smyth chipped in with a goal for the Kings, who had three eight-game winning streaks in club history with the last one occurring in 1992. Jonathan Quick bounced back from a shaky start to make 20 saves.
"We have a lot of confidence right now, and we know that if we stick to our game most nights we will be successful," said Handzus. "We knew we did not play well in the first period. We came out a little flat, and they came to us pretty hard. We decided not to try and hit a home run, we just stuck to our game plan."
Henrik Zetterberg scored twice while Valtteri Filppula also had a goal for the Red Wings, who have dropped three of four. Jimmy Howard made 23 stops in the loss.
"We had the game going our way," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "I thought we had a really good third and tilted the rink our way. Our big guys played well today. I thought we had enough to get it done, but it just never happened."
Handzus gave Los Angeles the lead with 2:21 to play as he received the puck at the low right side, took a stride out front and swept it into the far side of the net.
The Red Wings got Howard out of the net in the final minute for the extra attacker but were unable to get the equalizer.
Detroit controlled the first period as the team put three goals into the back of the net.
At the 8:44 mark of the frame, the Red Wings grabbed the lead as Pavel Datsyuk's pass from the right to the left was tipped in by Zetterberg for his 15th goal of the season.
Just 16 seconds later, Filppula backhanded a bouncing puck from the left circle that found its way past Quick.
Zetterberg's second goal of the period with just five ticks left on the clock gave the Red Wings a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The second period, though, was all Los Angeles as the team lit the lamp three times in the frame to tie it.
At the 9:16 mark, Scott Parse had a wraparound attempt from the left side stopped, but Frolov was there to jam home the rebound.
A miscue by Howard led to Los Angeles' second goal of the game, as the goaltender tried to play a dump-in but mishandled the puck, and Handzus was there to shove in the rebound with 5:13 left in the frame.
Less than two minutes later, the Kings tied the game, as Wayne Simmonds skated around the net from the left side and threw it on net, with Smyth snapping home the rebound for his 18th goal of the season.
Detroit plays at St. Louis on Tuesday...The Kings will try to continue their run in Anaheim on Monday...Each team won twice in the season series...Detroit left winger Tomas Holmstrom left the game with a left leg injury.
02/06 20:40:20 ET