NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Detroit
(Saturday, January 23rd)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Detroit 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Brad Richardson scored the game-winning goal just past the midway point of the third period, as the Los Angeles Kings put in three unanswered goals to edge the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, at Joe Louis Arena.
Richardson also had an assist for the Kings, who snapped six-game skid versus the Red Wings. Anze Kopitar registered a goal and two assists while Peter Harrold scored his first goal of the season for Los Angeles, which got 31 saves from Jonathan Quick and won against Detroit for the first time since February 7, 2008.
"It's a good feeling for this young group of guys to come in and play the Detroit Red Wings, and to be able to win in a significant game at this time of the year," Kings head coach Terry Murray said.
Todd Bertuzzi and Valtteri Filppula each lit the lamp for the Red Wings, who have lost four of their last five contests. Jimmy Howard turned aside 30-of-33 shots in defeat.
Harrold's wrister from the right circle at the 6:27 mark of the third deadlocked the contest at two.
Los Angeles went ahead 3-2 on Richardson's goal with 7:57 remaining. Scott Parse controlled the disc near the bottom of the right circle before sliding a perfect pass in front to Richardson, who chipped the puck past Howard.
The Red Wings went on the power play a minute later when Drew Doughty was sent to the penalty box for cross checking. LA was able to kill off the penalty to stay in front.
Detroit forward Patrick Eaves was called for hooking with 1:41 left, and the Kings held on for the come-from-behind win.
The Red Wings drew first blood at the 5:29 mark of the first period. Filppula controlled the puck at the point and easily made his way to the front of the net before firing a wrister past Quick.
Bertuzzi's power-play score just over two minutes later gave Detroit a 2-0 margin. Brian Rafalski's one-timer from the left point deflected off Bertuzzi and into the back of the net.
Kopitar jammed home a loose puck in front of the net at the 1:55 mark of the second to cut the gap to one.
"I think they took the game over in the second period. Most of our shifts we spent the first 20 to 30 seconds in our zone and it's hard to generate some offense when you're spending the first 30 seconds in your own zone," Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said.
The Red Wings lead the season series with the Kings, 2-1. Despite the loss, Detroit has won 22 of the past 25 encounters with Los Angeles...The Kings went 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Red Wings went 1-for-3.
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