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Red Wings can't hold early lead in 4-1 loss to Kings

Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press on

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings got an early lead despite an uninspired start, but their inability to finish any more chances cost them the game.

The Wings lost, 4-1, to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena, dropping to 0-2-3 since their last victory. The Wings didn't get enough shots on net, and when they did, they weren't able to finish. They spent too much time in their own zone, and lost the special teams battle. The Kings are a very good team, but the Wings didn't do much to counter.

Mike Green made it 1-0 in the first period, on a goal that saw Frans Nielsen earn his 400th career point. That lead stood until late in the second period when the Kings evened the score and then took a lead on their third power play of the period. From there, the Wings got run out of their home, outshot, 36-24.

The Wings didn't come out with the conviction they needed and spent too much time in their own zone. They didn't get much during an early power play, managing just one shot on net. They got the lead, though, thanks to a pretty goal from Green at 14:12, when he came up the right flank and waited for Jonathan Quick to edge towards him before firing a shot that landed in the far corner of the net. It was Green's second goal of the season.

Jimmy Howard made 14 saves in the first period and was sharp again in the second, making a glove save on Nic Dowd about 7 minutes in as the Kings pressed. Jonathan Ericsson went off for high-sticking at 7:15, and Howard made two saves during the Kings' power play. Howard made two saves again during the Kings' second power play of the period, as they ran up a 10-6 edge in shots. Dustin Brown scored with 2:17 left in the period.

Officials made a dubious interference call on Darren Helm with 14.7 seconds left in the second period; he and Brown were tangled up and lost their balance. The Kings took advantage, though, converting with 6.1 seconds left when Anze Kopitar fired the puck from the right circle to make it 2-1.

 

Adrian Kempe put the Wings in a 3-1 hole in the opening minute of the third period when he pounced on a loose puck by the right side of the net and popped it into the net before Howard could slide over. Kopitar put any hope of a rally out of reach at 12:17 when his shot from the right circle slid by Howard and made it 4-1.

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