45 Shots Not Enough For Kings To Take Down Howard, Red Wings

Alex Kinkopf  - | Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 1:42 AM

LOS ANGELES – The Kings were unable to capitalize on a heavily injury-plagued Detroit roster tonight. The Red Wings, though, have managed to be a menace on the road this season.

A menace they were tonight in Los Angeles.

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, who recently returned from an injury of his own, was stellar in the crease for Detroit tonight, as he faced a barrage of shots from the Kings tonight – making 44 saves.

Scoring goals was the issue for the Kings tonight, who continue to be inconsistent in the offensive department. The Kings, though, did score the night’s first goal.

The Kings were granted a 5-on-3 man-advantage opportunity 13:08 minutes into the contest, and executed on it beautifully.

Drew Doughty rocketed home a one-time past Jimmy Howard, scoring his seventh goal of the season, giving the Kings a 1-0 lead with 5:50 remaining in the first period.

The Kings would continue to pour on shots the remainder of the night. The goals failed to come.

Detroit knotted up the contest just three minutes after Doughty gave the Kings the lead, as Riley Sheahan back-handed home a rebound past Jonathan Quick to tie the game 1-1 with 2:49 left to play in the first period.

It was Sheahan’s first-career NHL goal.

Both clubs would enter the third and final period with the score continuing to stand in a 1-1 stalemate.

The Kings continued to unload on Jimmy Howard, directing 20 shots his way in the third period alone – but few of which resulted in a prime scoring opportunity.

Tomas Tatar would five the Red Wings a 2-1 lead with 7:54 remaining in the third period, tapping home an open rebound past a sprawling Jonathan Quick.

Daniel Cleary would provide the insurance for Detroit, beating Jonathan Quick with 2:34 left to play to give the Red Wings a 3-1 lead, which would be the final score.

The Kings, with 45 shots recorded tonight, now have a total of 169 in their previous four games – averaging in at a whopping 42 pucks on net per game. Every player on the Kings’ roster recorded at least one shot tonight.

Now with a 27-14-5 record, good for 59 points, the Kings sit at sixth-place in the Western Conference.

The Kings will wrap up their home stand Monday night, and play their last game at STAPLES Center until January 30, when the Vancouver Canucks come to town for a 7:30 puck-drop.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
14:10LAK PPG - Drew Doughty (7) ASST: Anze Kopitar (24), Mike Richards (24) 1 - 0 LAK
17:11DET Riley Sheahan (1) ASST: Tomas Tatar (9), Brendan Smith (9) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
3rd Period
12:06DET Tomas Tatar (10) ASST: Riley Sheahan (3), Todd Bertuzzi (5) 2 - 1 DET
17:26DET Daniel Cleary (4) ASST: Luke Glendening (3) 3 - 1 DET
Three Stars of the Game
Jimmy Howard
Jimmy Howard
SA: 45TOI: 59:46
GA: 1EV: 41-41
PIM: 0PP: 3-4
SV%: .978SH: 0-0
Mike Richards
Mike Richards
G: 0Shots: 8
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 16:46
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Tatar
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:07
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:08LAK Kyle Clifford  Tripping against  Danny DeKeyser
13:08DET Kyle Quincey  Hooking against  Mike Richards
13:45DET Joakim Andersson  Holding the stick against  Drew Doughty
2nd Period
03:12LAK Drew Doughty  Cross checking against  Justin Abdelkader
07:09DET Henrik Zetterberg  Concealing puck
09:46LAK Colin Fraser  Roughing against  Brendan Smith
09:46DET Brendan Smith  Roughing against  Colin Fraser
11:04LAK Jeff Carter  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jimmy Howard
18:31LAK Jake Muzzin  Hooking against  Gustav Nyquist
3rd Period
08:22DET Todd Bertuzzi  Hooking against  Drew Doughty
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/41/4
Faceoff Wins2045
Blocked Shots177
Penalty Minutes1010
2B. SmithD0100217:26
4J. KindlD0024015:03
8J. AbdelkaderL0002014:54
14G. NyquistR0004016:42
15R. SheahanC1122013:20
17P. EavesR0013012:28
18J. AnderssonC0002210:37
20D. MillerL0000014:31
21T. TatarL1122014:07
23B. LashoffD0020013:33
27K. QuinceyD0011219:10
37M. SamuelssonR000109:16
40H. ZetterbergL0002221:27
41L. GlendeningC0110018:01
44T. BertuzziR0120212:22
55N. KronwallD0000026:03
65D. DeKeyserD0012023:54
71D. ClearyR1011018:18
35J. Howard4445.97859:46
6J. MuzzinD00-11220:24
8D. DoughtyD10-12227:06
10M. RichardsC01-18016:46
11A. KopitarC0103022:30
13K. CliffordL00-1229:06
14J. WilliamsR0003015:22
21M. FrattinR0002010:42
22T. LewisC00-12010:15
23D. BrownR00-22014:05
24C. FraserC000228:45
26S. VoynovD0001023:59
27A. MartinezD00-21012:56
28J. StollC00-21019:22
33W. MitchellD0004019:45
44R. RegehrD00-21015:48
73T. ToffoliC00-14010:51
74D. KingL0001014:28
77J. CarterC00-15220:15
32J. Quick2326.88557:35