LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Goalie Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings reacts after giving up the second goal of the first period to the Detroit Red Wings at Staples Center on February 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Kings Win Streak Snapped With Home Loss To Red Wings

The Kings are 3-12 in their last 15 games against the Red Wings at Staples Center.

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Kings Get Blasted By Red Wings, 7-4 At Staples Center

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Jimmy Howard celebrated his new contract by making 35 saves, Drew Miller scored twice, and the Detroit Red Wings hammered the Los Angeles Kings, 7-4, at Staples Center. Hours after Howard signed a two-year extension with the club, the Red Wings rattled off seven straight goals en route to a sixth consecutive road win. Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk each scored on the power play, while Darren Helm added a short-handed tally in the rout.

Michal Handzus scored an early power play goal for the Kings, who netted three late goals to make the final score somewhat more respectable in just their second regulation loss in 16 games. Jonathan Quick, who made a career-high 51 saves in a shutout win when these teams met on December 13, was beaten six times on 24 shots before getting pulled in the third period. Helm was whistled for holding 3:17 into the game, and the Kings capitalized less than a minute later. Jarret Stoll's point shot banked hard off the back boards, and Handzus was at the right doorstep to knock it out of the air and into the back of the net at 4:09.

The lead lasted all of 2:28 thanks to Miller's seemingly innocuous centering pass from the left side somehow squirting through for a goal, the first of seven straight for the Central Division-leaders. Detroit took the lead just 30 seconds later, as Jiri Hudler's shot from the right boards was acutely re-directed between Quick's pads by Dan Cleary. The play was reviewed and showed Cleary making contact with the puck at shoulder level.

Late in the opening frame, a nice hustle play from Mike Modano behind the net resulted in the puck finding Lidstrom at the point, where the All-Star defenseman let a slap shot fly for his 13th goal of the season at 18:48. The Kings squandered two power-play chances in the second period, and the Wings scored late on their chance with the man advantage, as Datsyuk came in unabated and flung a wrister into the top right corner with 41.2 seconds showing.

Detroit's special teams continued to shine in the third, as Helm's unassisted short-handed tally 2:01 into the frame increased the margin to 5-1. Quick was yanked after yielding Miller's sixth goal of the season at 5:53, and Jonathan Bernier gave up a goal to Hudler midway through the final period, one of three shots the netminder faced in relief.

Dustin Brown, Wayne Simmonds and Brad Richardson all scored in the final 7:34 for Los Angeles to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

The Kings' front office had a busy Monday, trading for forward Dustin Penner before the deadline and signing right wing Justin Williams to a four-year extension. They gave up defensive prospect Colten Teubert along with a first- round pick in the 2011 draft and a conditional third-round selection in 2012 to land Penner...LA was 11-1-3 in its previous 15 games...Los Angeles had won four straight over Detroit...The Red Wings played without defenseman Brian Rafalski (back) and forward Johan Franzen (personal).

For more news and information on tonight's game, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown.


Kings Seek Fourth Straight Win Hosting Red Wings At Staples Center

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings haven't missed a beat at home since spending nearly a month on the road, while the Red Wings continue to have a lot of success away from Detroit this season. The Kings continue a six-game homestand hoping for a fifth straight victory at the Staples Center, while the Red Wings try to extend a five-game road winning streak in this matchup of Western Conference contenders.

Los Angeles spent most of February on the road courtesy of a 10-game swing, but have won back-to-back games since returning to the City of Angeles on Thursday. After knocking off the Wild, the Kings posted a 4-3 win over the Avalanche on Saturday. The Kings scored the game's first four goals on Saturday, with Jarret Stoll capping the barrage 5:47 into the third period. The Avalanche then scored three straight, including a tally with 29.3 seconds left, but Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles defense held on.

Quick needed to make just 14 saves and both Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who have won three straight overall and are 11-1-3 in their last 15 games. Ryan Smyth posted his 400th career assist as Los Angeles unleashed a season-high 42 shots. "We dominated pretty much the whole thing, but obviously not happy with our lapse at the end there," Doughty said. "Good teams shut things down, and we didn't do that today, but we can in the future."

Still, Los Angeles is just four points back of first-place San Jose in the Pacific Division and fifth overall in the Western Conference. Quick is just 4-5-0 with a 2.66 goals-against average in his career versus the Red Wings, but was at his best when the teams last faced off in Detroit on Dec. 13. Quick made a career-high 51 saves, Kopitar had two goals and Doughty assisted on three tallies in a 5-0 victory.

Los Angeles has won four straight over Detroit, but its 3-2 overtime win at home over the Red Wings on Dec. 4, on a Kopitar game-winner, was just its third in its last 14 at the Staples Center in this series. Detroit may get back on track in LA rather quickly given its 21-8-2 road mark this season. The Red Wings began a five-game road trip on Saturday with a 3-2 shootout win at Buffalo.

Pavel Datsyuk and Jiri Hudler both scored in regulation, with Hudler tying the game with under a minute left in the third, before both skaters scored in the shootout. Joey MacDonald ended with 30 saves as Detroit snapped a two-game skid, with both losses coming at home. "We stuck in it until the end," said MacDonald. "We got a goal to tie it and then we got it done in the shootout. We come away with two points, which is huge."

Detroit, which is five points back of Vancouver for the lead in both the West and the overall NHL standings, leads both Chicago and Nashville by 10 points for the Central Division title. Jimmy Howard is likely to get the start tonight in net and made 21-of-26 saves versus the Kings in the last meeting to fall to 2-3-0 with 3.02 GAA versus Los Angeles.

Detroit got forwards Mike Modano and Valtteri Filppula back from injuries, with Modano having missed 41 games due to a lacerated right wrist and Filppula sitting out eight straight with a sprained left MCL. Defenseman Brian Rafalski missed the win with back spasms and could also sit out tonight, while forward Johan Franzen won't play due to the pending birth of his first child.

For more news and information on tonight's game, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown.

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