Detroit Red Wings Blow Third Period Lead, Lose 2-1 to the Los Angeles Kings
The Kings have now won five straight games, while the Red Wings have dropped six of their last eight.
The Red Wings had two great opportunities to open the scoring early in the first period when Dustin Penner and Rob Scuderi took tripping penalties within minutes of each other. And, while the Wings did get a number of shots on each power play, they failed to capitalize.
However, soon after Scuderi left the box, he made a costly giveaway that led to a strange goal. Kyle Quincey took a shot which deflected high into the air, hit the back of Jonathan Bernier’s mask and dropped into the net.
In the second period it was the Kings' turn to try to take advantage of a few power-play opportunities. Justin Abdelkader and Jonathan Ericsson took penalties at the 11:35 and 11:58 marks of the period, while Pavel Datsyuk went off for hooking Jeff Carter at 13:20.
Despite the 5-on-3 advantage, the Kings failed to score and were still down a goal heading into the third.
It remained 1-0 for the Wings until midway through the final frame when the Kings got another two-man advantage. Jeff Carter tied the game by redirecting a hard pass from Mike Richards through Jimmy Howard's legs.
With less than five minutes remaining, Anze Kopitar gave the Kings the lead. Left alone in front of the Wings’ net, Kopitar took a backhand pass from Trevor Lewis and made a nice deke in close to beat Howard.
Bernier stopped 32 shots to earn his fourth win of the season. Howard also played well, stopping 27 of the 29 shots he faced.
The Red Wings failed to take advantage of a number of early turnovers by the Kings and simply couldn’t beat Bernier. Special teams were also an issue, as the Wings took too many penalties and came up empty on the power play.
Detroit entered the game in eighth place and now sit 10th in the Western Conference. The Kings, on the other hand, started the day in 10th and now find themselves tied with the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars for fifth.
The Red Wings will travel to San Jose to take on the Sharks Thursday, in what will be the first of three meetings between the two clubs. The Wings then have two days off before a Sunday afternoon showdown with the NHL’s best team, the Chicago Blackhawks.
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