Los Angeles Hockey: Niklas Lidstrom

Kings: Quick leads the way against Red Wings

March, 9, 2011
Jonathan QuickClaus Andersen/Getty ImagesJonathan Quick has stopped 79 of the last 80 shots he has faced in Detroit over two games.
Kings 2, Detroit Red Wings 1

Eight keys to the game:

THE FACTS: Jonathan Quick stopped 28 shots at Joe Louis Arena and shut down the host Red Wings over the final two periods to extend Detroit’s losing streak to a season-long four games.

THE STAT: The Kings killed both Detroit penalties and have successfully killed 15 consecutive power plays by their opponent and 58 of the last 63.

TURNING POINT: With the score tied, 1-1, and seven minutes remaining in the second period, the Kings went on the power play after Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart was penalized for closing his hand on the puck. Kings rookie defenseman Alec Martinez took a slap shot from the point. Alexei Ponikarovsky got a piece of the puck and Dustin Brown got another, causing it to hit the back of the net for Brown’s team-high 22nd goal of the season.

HOT: Anze Kopitar scored earlier in the second period for the Kings, giving him 11 points in the last eight games and 16 in the last 13.

NOT: The Red Wings lost four straight games for the first time since February 2010. They haven’t lost five in a row since January 2009. Quick has stopped 79 of 80 shots in Detroit this season.

GOOD MOVE: After the Kings went scoreless on 10 straight power plays over the last two games, Kings coach Terry Murray altered the setup and the Kings came through with Brown’s man-advantage goal.

BAD MOVE: Shortly before Brown’s goal, the Kings got away with a four-minute high-sticking penalty. Michal Handzus struck Niklas Lidstrom on the lip with his stick, opening a cut that required stitches. None of the on-ice officials saw the penalty, however.

NOTABLE: The Kings moved from eighth to seventh in the Western Conference standings but remain just two points ahead of ninth-place Minnesota and 10th-place Anaheim.

UP NEXT: Friday at Columbus, 4 p.m. PT

Kings: Not even a 3-1 deficit can sour this mood

February, 28, 2011
After the 1st period:

Detroit Red Wings 3, Kings 1

The good: It’s actually a great day to be a Kings' fan. The organization went out Monday and traded for a top-shelf left wing in Dustin Penner and didn’t lose any players off the current roster. Of course, Penner isn’t here yet but he should play Thursday night against the visiting Coyotes. The other big news was the four-year contract extension signed by right wing Justin Williams, who is tied for the team lead with 20 goals. Check back later for a pre-game video interview with Kings general manager Dean Lombardi discussing these pivotal moves. The Kings gave their fans a reason to cheer early on when Michal Handzus scored just over four minutes into the game on assists by Jarret Stoll and Anze Kopitar.

The bad: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick allowed two early goals and both took the same route, right through his legs. The first goal had no business getting by him. Drew Miller slid a shot from a 90-degree angle and Quick took a swipe at the puck with his stick but missed. The puck continued through his legs, hit one of his skates and was redirected past the goal line. Thirty one seconds later, Jiri Hudler took a shot from just inside the blue line and Daniel Cleary deflected the rubber through Quick’s five-hole for a 2-1 lead with just under 13 minutes remaining. The Kings were then called for back-to-back high-sticking penalties that had Kings’ fans booing as loud as we’ve heard this season. The first was on defenseman Matt Greene after he laid a hard lick on Tomas Holmstrom. The only problem was, Greene’s stick never touched Holmstrom. The Kings killed that penalty but couldn’t kill the second, this one on Stoll. Nicklas Lidstrom sent a laser passed Quick with 2:16 left, giving the Red Wings their 3-1 lead.

The in between: Since Penner has not yet arrived and Detroit is not prone to fight, the Kings designated enforcer Kevin Westgarth as a healthy scratch and inserted Peter Harrold in the lineup for the first time since Jan. 6. Harrold, primarily a defenseman, is playing a fourth-line forward role but was limited to just three shifts in the first period.