Los Angeles
Kings
42-35-5
Detroit
Red Wings
58-16-8

25 SOG
45 SOG
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LAK
DET
game recap

Red Wings 7, Kings 3

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:20 PM

Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) - Henrik Zetterberg said he wanted to shoot the puck more this season. So far, the strategy has worked.

His 30th and 31st goals less than a minute apart in the second period sent the Detroit Red Wings to a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Nicklas Lidstrom added a goal and three assists, Tomas Holmstrom had a goal and two assists, and Jason Williams and Robert Lang had a goal and an assist each for Detroit. Pavel Datsyuk also scored.

Lubomir Visnovsky and Mike Cammalleri each had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles, which had its five-game winning streak snapped. Dustin Brown scored the other Kings' goal.

Zetterberg's first goal in the second period snapped a 2-2 tie. Just 52 seconds later, he made it 4-2.

"I think I'm shooting a little more than last year," said Zetterberg, who had 22 and 15 goals in his first two NHL seasons. "You have to shoot to score. You put it on goal more and it goes in."

He netted a power-play goal at 13:04 when he blasted a shot past goaltender Mathieu Garon from the bottom of the left circle. He then beat Garon with a backhand shot from the left circle less than a minute later.

"I think that's one thing that I didn't do (shoot often)," Zetterberg said. "In Europe I always looked to pass."

His second goal sent Garon to the bench in favor of Jason LaBarbera.

Visnovsky scored on a 5-on-3 power play 9:52 into the third period with a slap shot from the high slot to make it 4-3.

But Williams restored the Red Wings' two-goal advantage when he scored off a goal-mouth scramble with 6:19 remaining. His blind backhand pass attempt wound up going into the net.

"Steve (Yzerman) took a shot at the net and it went off the goalie," Williams said. "I just tried to pass it back to Steve and it went in."

Holmstrom scored into an empty net with 1:05 left, and Lidstrom added a 5-on-3 power-play goal with 6.6 seconds remaining.

"We put a couple on the platter for them and didn't get much of a chance," Los Angeles defenseman Aaron Miller said.

Detroit was coming off a 5-2 home loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.

"We knew they were disappointed in their effort against Phoenix and were going to come out very hard," Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said. "Our sitting back and being assertive in our game only compounded the problem tonight."

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was certainly happy about his team's improved play.

"I thought we played better and with more intensity than we have been," he said.

Cammalleri tied it at 2 at 8:33 of the second period when he picked up a loose puck behind the net and overpowered both Zetterberg and Holmstrom to score on a wraparound.

Detroit got second-period goals from Lang at 1:29 and Datsyuk on the power play at 6:48. Those were sandwiched around Brown's man-advantage goal at 2:39.

Notes: Detroit acquired D Cory Cross from Pittsburgh for a fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft. ... The Red Wings traded D Jamie Rivers to Phoenix for a seventh-round pick this year. ... Los Angeles acquired RW Tim Jackman from Phoenix for C Yanick Lehoux. ... Kings C Pavol Demitra (blood in eye) and LW Alexander Frolov (shoulder) were still out with injuries from the Olympics. ... Detroit RW Mikael Samuelsson missed his third straight game with a wrist injury, also sustained at the Turin Games.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:29
DET
Robert Lang (17) Backhand shot - ASST: Jason Williams (32), Kris Draper (14)
1 - 0 DET
02:39
LAK
PPG - Dustin Brown (13) Tip-in - ASST: Joe Corvo (22), Lubomir Visnovsky (43)
1 - 1 Tie
06:48
DET
PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (23) Backhand shot - ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (22), Nicklas Lidstrom (48)
2 - 1 DET
08:33
LAK
Mike Cammalleri (22) Wrap-around - ASST: Derek Armstrong (24)
2 - 2 Tie
13:04
DET
PPG - Henrik Zetterberg (30) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
3 - 2 DET
13:56
DET
Henrik Zetterberg (31) Backhand shot - ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (23), Mark Mowers (4)
4 - 2 DET
3rd Period
09:52
LAK
PPG - Lubomir Visnovsky (17) Slapshot - ASST: Mike Cammalleri (24), Derek Armstrong (25)
4 - 3 DET
13:41
DET
Jason Williams (14) Snap shot - ASST: Steve Yzerman (11), Nicklas Lidstrom (49)
5 - 3 DET
18:55
DET
EN - Tomas Holmstrom (21) Snap shot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (49), Nicklas Lidstrom (50)
6 - 3 DET
19:53
DET
PPG - Nicklas Lidstrom (13) Slapshot - ASST: Robert Lang (29), Brendan Shanahan (29)
7 - 3 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
01:36
LAK
Sean Avery  Interference against  Tomas Holmstrom
07:07
DET
Andreas Lilja  Holding against  Derek Armstrong
11:08
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Interference on goalkeeper against  Mathieu Garon
11:58
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom  Tripping against  Mike Cammalleri
18:30
LAK
Sean Avery  Hooking against  Niklas Kronwall
2nd Period
02:07
DET
Brendan Shanahan  Tripping
04:28
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Interference against  Tim Gleason
06:24
LAK
Eric Belanger  Tripping against  Kirk Maltby
09:20
LAK
Craig Conroy  Tripping against  Steve Yzerman
10:46
LAK
Aaron Miller  Hi-sticking against  Tomas Holmstrom
10:46
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Diving against  Aaron Miller
13:00
LAK
Nathan Dempsey  Holding against  Pavel Datsyuk
18:42
LAK
Craig Conroy  Tripping against  Chris Chelios
3rd Period
07:17
LAK
Aaron Miller  Tripping against  Pavel Datsyuk
08:33
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom  Holding against  Sean Avery
09:24
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Hooking against  Craig Conroy
14:31
DET
Chris Chelios  Roughing
19:33
LAK
Tom Kostopoulos  Tripping against  Niklas Kronwall
19:33
LAK
Tim Gleason  Hi-sticking against  Kirk Maltby
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
Mathieu Garon
SA: 30TOI: 33:49
Saves: 26EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .867SH: 1 - 1
Jason LaBarbera
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 14TOI: 25:45
Saves: 12EV: 9 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Emmanuel Legace
Manny Legace
SA: 25TOI: 59:57
Saves: 22EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 0