LOS ANGELES (AP) -Maybe the Los Angeles Kings should return to London.
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Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and two assists and the Detroit Red Wings beat Los Angeles 4-1 on Sunday night, sending the Kings to their fifth consecutive loss.
They have just one win so far, beating the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks in the season-opener in London. The Kings' start is their worst since they were 1-6-0 to open the 1987-88 season, including five consecutive defeats.
"I thought we were better tonight, but felt like it was the same story," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "We made critical mistakes at critical times of the game.
The Red Wings scored two goals each in the second and third periods against Jonathan Bernier, the Kings' 19-year-old rookie.
Detroit backup Chris Osgood made 27 saves in his 600th NHL start, and second of the season.
"To come into another team's building and your goalie makes some big saves, it gives you that calming influence," said Kris Draper, who scored in the second. "The previous games, we kind of let a team get back into it."
Leading by a goal in the third, the Red Wings scored goals less than 2 minutes apart to take a 4-1 lead. Tomas Holmstrom scored from the left side at 5:39 on a pass from Zetterberg, who followed with his fourth goal of the season.
Zetterberg stole the puck while surrounded by three defenders, skated behind the net and went top-shelf on Bernier at 7:21. The Red Wings are 2-0 on the road, having won at Chicago in overtime.
"If you have good confidence, you make the right plays," Zetterberg said. "We have a little more depth this year and special teams are better."
Detroit was whistled for six penalties. The Kings' two minor penalties, totaling four minutes, were their lowest of the season.
"We got a lot of penalties; I have no idea why," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "Then we had to kill penalties and Ozzy did a good job.
Michael Cammalleri, the Kings' leading scorer with six, prevented the shutout with a power-play goal at 1:44 of the third.
Draper's boarding penalty carried over from the second period, then Andreas Lilja went off for high-sticking, giving Los Angeles a 5-on-3, which Cammalleri converted with a slap shot from the left circle.
After a scoreless first, Detroit got goals from Pavel Datsyuk and Draper in the second.
Datsyuk's shot went through Bernier's legs and dribbled across the goal line as the rookie reached back with his left glove in a futile attempt at the puck. Zetterberg assisted 40 seconds into the period.
Draper scored on a short-handed backhander at 3:06.
Bernier stopped 26 shots on the 40th anniversary of the Kings' first game.
Notes: Cammalleri is tied with Ottawa's Dany Heatley for the NHL goal-scoring lead. ... The Kings beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Oct. 14, 1967, at Long Beach Arena in the club's first game. ... The Red Wings opened a four-game West Coast swing, with Anaheim next on Monday night.
KINGS HEAD COACH MARC CRAWFORD:
(Re: game recap) “I thought we were better tonight, but felt like it was the same story. We made critical mistakes at critical times of the game tonight. They [Red Wings] are a good team and their top players were their best players tonight, and we made mistakes when they were on the ice.”
KINGS DEFENSEMAN ROB BLAKE:
(Re: game recap) “They [Red Wings] are obviously one of the top teams in the league and were very patient tonight. They weren’t worried about a 2-1 lead. They came out and made two or three plays off their top line with Datsyuk and Zetterberg that resulted in goals.”
RED WINGS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK:
(Re: game recap) “We got off to a real good start, and took it to them territorially right at the start. Then the next thing you know they were on the power play three times in a row and then they got some opportunities.”
RED WINGS CENTER KRIS DRAPER:
(Re: Osgood’s performance) “It was big, no doubt. To come into another team’s building – starting off a road trip – and your goalie comes up and makes some big saves for you, it certainly gives you that calming influence. I think we responded well in the second period, and then kind of got into some penalty trouble again and Ozzy had to make some big saves down the stretch.”