Game 47: Kings Lose 3-1, fall to 26-16-5
DETROIT – The Los Angeles Kings must be thankful to have their 2012-13 road schedule officially in the books. This season, the Kings went a less-than-spectacular 8-12-4 away from Staples Center capped off tonight by a 3-1 loss in Detroit at the hands of a desperate Red Wings took looking to keep their playoff streak alive.
Los Angeles had just played the previous night in Minnesota and it showed as the Kings looked sluggish in the opening period getting outshot 13-4. Thankfully, Jonathan Quick was up to the task saving his team from any damage and with his efforts, the clubs skated off from the opening frame in a scoreless tie.
In the second, it was the Kings who opened the scoring as at the 5:28 mark, Kyle Clifford wristed his sixth past Jimmy Howard. But the lead didn’t last too long as Pavel Datsyuk backhanded his 14th past Quick to tie the game just five minutes later.
With the game still tied in the third, controversy marred the next goal as a little over five minutes the frame as Jordin Tootoo tipped in his third of the year – but it was knocked in with a questionable high-stick. Despite that, the officials let the goal stand much to the Kings’ dismay and from there, the wheels came off. The Kings were then penalized a few minutes later and the Wings made them pay as Johan Franzen scored to give Detroit some insurance and that was all they would need as the Wings leapfrog over Columbus into 8th in the West.
While the Kings looked sluggish, Jonathan Quick did not as he was sharp stopping 34 shots in a losing effort. Jimmy Howard was good when he had to be stopping 23 of 24 shots for Detroit in this must-win game for the Wings.
This was Los Angeles’ first game without the suspended Dustin Brown and Saturday will be the last as they close out the season hosting the hated San Jose Sharks. At 18-4-1, the Kings currently boast the league’s best home record this season and all they want is to continue that heading into the playoffs.