NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Los Angeles
(Thursday, October 13th)
Final Score: Detroit 5, Los Angeles 2
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Johan Franzen's first career NHL goal snapped a tie with 4:52 left to play, and Detroit went on to post a 5-2 victory over Los Angeles at the Staples Center.
Kirk Maltby and Jiri Fischer each had shorthanded goals for the Red Wings, who beat the Kings for the seventh straight time and improved to 4-1 on the young season.
Brendan Shanahan and Henrik Zetterberg also tallied in the win, while Manny Legace made 26 saves in net.
Los Angeles, which had a three-game win streak halted, received goals by Jeremy Roenick and Sean Avery.
The game marked the return of Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman, who was playing in his first game since May of 2004. The 40-year-old superstar sat out Detroit's first four outings with a groin injury and had his 2003-04 season cut short when he fractured facial bones when a puck hit him in the face.
"I think he brings a lot of presence," said Shanahan of Yzerman. "He won a couple of big faceoffs for us."
With the teams deadlocked at 2-2, Detroit's Mikael Samuelsson skated up ice on a 3-on-2 and flipped the puck to Dan Cleary, who in turn hit Franzen near the left circle. The rookie then ripped a shot past Kings goaltender Mathieu Garon to put the Red Wings ahead.
Los Angeles had tied the contest less than a minute before when Dustin Brown rushed in from the left side and fired a shot on net, which was kicked aside by Legace but caromed off a charging Roenick's skate and over the line.
Detroit put the game on ice when both Zetterberg and Fischer each scored with Garon pulled in the final minute.
"(Los Angeles) played a very solid hockey game tonight," Legace remarked. "We just found a way and gutted out the win."
Garon finished with 16 saves for the Kings, who outshot Detroit 28-21 on the evening. LA had seven power-play opportunities but failed to score on any of them.
"I think our team put forth a hell of an effort," said Roenick. "I thought we dominated the hockey game."
Shanahan put Detroit up 1-0 with 2:15 left to play in the opening period. While racing towards the right side of the net, the veteran sniper took in a cross-ice pass from Jason Williams that bounced off Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom's skate and shot the puck over Garon's right shoulder. It was Shanahan's third goal this season.
Los Angeles would draw even early in the second period when Avery broke free on the left side after cradling a feed from Tim Gleason, then blew past Detroit's Chris Chelios and beat Legace at the 3:04 mark.
The game would remain 1-1 at the second intermission, then things started to open up in the final 20 minutes
With the Kings on the power play because of a holding penalty on Fischer, Joe Corvo's ill-advised pass was stolen by Maltby in the Los Angeles zone. Maltby came in unhindered and easily put the puck past Garon for a 2-1 Red Wings' lead 5 1/2 minutes into the third period.
The 43-year-old Chelios was playing in his 1,400th career game...Samuelsson had a four-game goal scoring streak end but has recorded a point in six straight dating back to last season...Los Angeles has killed off 16 straight penalties...Williams registered his sixth assist of the year...The Red Wings haven't lost in Los Angeles since October 12, 2002...The Kings suffered their first defeat in four home games this year.
10/14 01:37:19 ET