After the 2nd period:
Kings 3, Detroit Red Wings 1
The good: One of the most bizarre scoring droughts in the NHL this season came to an end midway through the middle period, at least for now anyway. Kings center Mike Richards was given initial credit for deflecting a shot from Drew Doughty and into the net for his first goal in 25 games and only his second since Christmas. The play was reviewed to determine if Richards used a high stick to deflect the puck, but there wasn’t enough visible evidence to overturn the call. The play started when Jeff Carter carried the puck out from behind the net and passed to Doughty just inside the blue line and directly in front of the Detroit goal. Doughty let go of a slap shot and it appeared to get a piece of Richards as he battled for position with Detroit defenseman Ian White. Richards appeared to be trying to dodge the puck and it might have only hit White, which would give Doughty the goal. Either way, Richards will take it. Doughty also received his second assist of the game, bumping he and defense partner Rob Scuderi up to a plus-3 for the game. The Kings are also winning the physical edge, out-hitting the Red Wings, 38-11. Dustin Brown leads the way with seven hits.
The bad: The Red Wings started to build momentum after falling behind by two goals in the opening period and that seemed to carry over into the second period as they dominated the first five minutes. They cut the deficit in half after Justin Williams delivered a weak effort along the boards and Detroit recovered the puck. Henrik Zetterberg took a shot, but it deflected into the slot where Jiri Hudler was waiting to shoot it past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. The Zetterberg line destroyed the Kings in their 4-3 loss in Detroit on Friday, combining for three goals, and it appears they’ll be a tough matchup the rest of the night. The Kings had seven more giveaways in the second period, giving them 17 for the game. Willie Mitchell has been the biggest offender, committing three giveaways through the first 40 minutes.
The in between: Two of the teams the Kings still need to leapfrog in the Western Conference standings, the Flames and Sharks, played another three-point game tonight, with Calgary winning in overtime, 3-2. It was the Sharks who moved back into eighth place with the extra point, however. The Kings need to win this game to have the same points as the Flames, Sharks and Avalanche.