NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Los Angeles
(Monday, November 28th)
Final Score: Detroit 5, Los Angeles 2
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Jimmy Howard stopped 22 of 24 shots in his first career NHL game, and Detroit snapped Los Angeles' five-game home win streak with a 5-2 victory at the Staples Center.
Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who have won three of four after losing four in a row earlier this month. Chris Chelios, Mathieu Schneider and Henrik Zetterberg also scored in the triumph.
Joe Corvo had a penalty-shot goal and Sean Avery tallied with just over a minute remaining in the loss, only the Kings' third in nine games.
"We didn't do the job tonight," remarked LA defenseman Tim Gleason. "We didn't get many scoring chances. (Detroit) did an excellent job defensively."
Howard was recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL on Sunday when Detroit placed Manny Legace on injured reserve with a sprained left knee.
"It's definitely a confidence booster," said Howard of his performance. "(The defense) did an excellent job of clearing out rebounds and making my life easy tonight. They made me look good."
Chelios put Detroit up 1-0 with just over four minutes elapsed in the second period. The 43-year-old intercepted a clearing attempt by Gleason and ripped a shot past goaltender Jason LaBarbera glove-side for his first goal of the season.
Corvo was yanked down by Kirk Maltby at the 7:39 mark of the middle session, and slid the puck under Howard's right pad on the bonus attempt to knot the score.
The deadlock would last less than two minutes. With Gleason in the box for a delay of game, Lidstrom sent a cross-ice pass to the right point for Schneider, who blasted the puck through a good screen from teammate Tomas Holmstrom.
Yzerman made it 3-1 when he re-directed Jason Williams' slap shot with 6:17 to go in the second period.
Howard continued to stand tall in net, and Zetterberg then gave Detroit some insurance late in the game.
Pavel Datsyuk made a pretty backhanded pass to Mikael Samuelsson, who promptly found Zetterberg down the right wing. His initial attempt was sticked aside by the Kings' Lubomir Visnovsky, but Zetterberg stayed with it and pushed the puck by LaBarbera with 4:41 to go.
Lidstrom scored in an empty net with under two minutes to play. That was negated when Avery flipped home Nathan Dempsey's blast from the point with 1:01 left on the clock.
LaBarbera finished with 24 saves.
The Red Wings have nine wins and a tie in their last 10 meetings with Los Angeles, including a 3-0 mark this season...The Kings' Alexander Frolov had a five-game point streak stopped...Los Angeles hadn't lost at home since a 5-4 setback to San Jose on October 28.
11/29 01:51:56 ET