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