Kings Look Outstanding In 5-0 Shutout of Red Wings

The Kings have beaten the Red Wings twice in Detroit this season.

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Kings Get Rare Road Win In Motown, Blank Red Wings 5-0

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Jonathan Quick made a career-high 51 saves for his second shutout of the season, while Drew Doughty notched a goal and two assists to help the Los Angeles Kings stun the Detroit Red Wings, 5-0, at Joe Louis Arena.

Jack Johnson, Oscar Moller, Anze Kopitar and Wayne Simmonds each posted goals for Los Angeles, which bounced back from Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Minnesota. Dustin Brown chipped in with two helpers in the win.

Jimmy Howard stopped 21-of-26 shots for the Red Wings, who had a two-game win streak snapped.


Kings Vs. Red Wings: Kings Look For Rare Win In Detroit

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings will try to avenge a loss to the Kings from earlier this month when they host Los Angeles tonight at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings played in Los Angeles on Dec. 4 and were dealt a 3-2 setback when Anze Kopitar scored the game-winner with 56 seconds left in overtime. It was the third straight win over Detroit for the Kings, who had lost their previous six games in this series.

The Kings won their last game in the Motor City, but are still just 2-11-3 with one tie in their last 17 trips to Detroit. Los Angeles is kicking off a five-game road trip tonight and would like to pick up the pace away from California during this swing. The Kings have lost five of their last six road tests and are just 5-8-0 this season as the guest.

The Kings had a three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, but were able to salvage a point in the overtime loss to visiting Minnesota. Brent Burns scored 2:50 into overtime on the power play, lifting the Wild to the 3-2 victory at Staples Center. Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Smyth also scored for the Kings, who failed to complete a perfect four-game homestand. Jonathan Quick made only 18 stops in defeat.

"It's extremely unfortunate," Quick said. "We outplayed them for a majority of that game. You just got to be better, you can't make those mistakes. Those can't happen." Kings forward Brad Richardson missed Saturday's game with an upper-body injury and is expected to miss tonight's test as well. Meanwhile, the Red Wings are coming off consecutive victories, as they posted a home win over Montreal on Friday before beating the Devils in New Jersey the following night.

Pavel Datsyuk tallied a goal and two assists as Detroit got a rare win in New Jersey, beating the Devils by a 4-1 score at Prudential Center. Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom both finished with a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who won for only the second time in their last 10 games as a visitor in the Garden State. Dan Cleary notched the other goal, while Chris Osgood stopped 33 shots in the win.

Detroit attacked quickly with two goals during the first two minutes of the contest. The first came only 28 seconds in after Datsyuk ripped a shot from the right point. A little over a minute later, Cleary scored on wrist shot from the left circle to give Detroit a 2-0 lead. "It was very early in the game. If they get just one goal, they're right back in it," Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said. "You can't relax and you can't take anything for granted. We had to continue to skate too. I thought we had a little letdown midway through the first period, but we started skating again in the second."

Tonight marks the first of two straight on home ice for the Central Division- leading Red Wings, who have an excellent 11-3-2 record at the Joe this season. Next up for Detroit is Wednesday's game against St. Louis.


Kings (Finally) Trade For Marco Sturm

Eleven days after the trade was initially reported, the Kings finally completed a trade for Marco Sturm on Sunday, acquiring him from the Boston Bruins. The Kings desired the speedy but oft-injured left winger to finally shore up the left wing of a top line that has seen seven different players occupy that spot for various periods of time. Sturm will probably be ready to go in a few weeks and will most likely pair with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown.

In return for Sturm the Kings gave up... nothing. Seriously, they gave up nothing. The Kings gave up "future considerations" to the cap-strapped Boston Bruins for Sturm, which basically mean that if the Kings win the Cup or if Sturm scores 30 goals then the Kings have to give up a late draft pick. This is the third such trade by the Kings under General Manger Dean Lombardi's tenure: the Kings gave up a conditional seventh rounder for Sean O'Donnell in 2008 and a conditional seventh for Fredrik Modin last Spring. Neither draft picks were ever actually traded.

Marco Sturm

#10 / Left Wing / Los Angeles Kings



Sep 08, 1978

Sturm, 31, is known for his ability to stretch the defense and his accurate shot. Sturm has scored over 20 goals seven times in his career but has been in and out of the line-up recently with major knee surgeries in both knees. At his best, Sturm is a slippery player that can find the open area of the ice and bury his opportunities. He should work well with Kopitar, assuming they play together, as Sturm can utilize the space opened up by Kopitar far better than anyone else currently on the Kings' roster.

It's not likely that Marco Sturm will have a great impact for the Kings; he's had major knee surgery and that usually takes a year to bounce back from, even after you've started playing. There's a chance he might do something, however, and it was worth taking a flier on him. The Kings desperately need creative, skilled players, and Sturm is definitely one of those. Will it work out? Who knows? But there's nothing wrong with finding out.

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