Los Angeles at Detroit (3/9/11)

The Red Wings hosted the L.A. Kings tonight at Joe Louis Arena. The starting goalies were Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Quick. Rafalski was still out with back spasms and Kindl was taking his place in the lineup.

The Red Wings got off to a pretty good start in this game. They played hard in the first period and outshot the Kings by a wide margin. Early in the period the Wings were pressuring and Helm took a shot at the net. It looked like Quick had it but it slipped between his legs and trickled in. That gave the Red Wings the early lead.

In the second period the Kings started playing a lot harder. Penner shot one from the point that bounced in on net. Howard had to be sharp just to track it and knock it down. Unfortunately, the rebound dropped down next to him in front of the open net with Kopitar right on the doorstep. He banged it in to tie the game. Later in the second period the Kings were on the power play. Handzus swung his stick around hitting Lidstrom in the mouth and cutting him. Apparently, everybody missed it and no penalty was called. A few seconds later, during the same play, Martinez fired from the point. The puck changed direction a couple of times and was finally tipped in by Dustin Brown. That one was hard to take because it should have been a four minute double minor for the Kings and instead they got what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

The game was pretty even from that point on. The Kings played great defense and didn’t give the Wings any room. Detroit pulled the goalie at the end but they weren’t able to tie the game.

The real story of this game was Jonathan Quick. After the initial flub when Helm scored, he was red hot. He absolutely robbed the Red Wings on several occasions and had them shaking their heads in disbelief. On top of that the Kings’ defense was excellent.

This is the fourth game in a row without a win for the Red Wings. They have two losses and two overtime losses in that time. They’re going to have to turn this around quickly or they might find themselves in the thick of the battle for the playoffs instead of standing near the top watching the mayhem.

This 2-1 loss brings us to:
39-20-8
86 points

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