Series (Game 1 of 4)

Detroit leads 2-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 12th
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Game 2: Wednesday, October 23rd
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Game 3: Monday, February 24th
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Game 4: Monday, March 10th
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Red Wings 2

(1-1-0, 2 pts)

Kings 3

(2-0-0, 4 pts)

10:30 PM ET, October 12, 2002

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California

1 2 3 T
DET 1 0 12
LA 3 0 03

J. Allison (Kings - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

B. Hull (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

I. Laperriere (Kings - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Wings winless in L.A. since April 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It didn't take Detroit goalie Curtis Joseph very long to figure out he didn't like Staples Center.


Center Jason Allison scored the first of two goals just 27 seconds into the game to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings before a standing room crowd of 18,177 on Saturday night.

Allison has quickly generated four points (two goals, two assists) in the first two Kings games, while the Red Wings are now winless in eight games in Los Angeles (0-6-1-1) since an April 19, 2000 series-clinching victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Detroit hopes for ending the winless streak were quickly diminished as the puck took a sharp carom of the end boards during an attempted clear by Red Wings forward Brendan Shanahan in the opening seconds and skittered in front of the Detroit net. Allison quickly swiped the puck past a surprised Joseph for a 1-0 L.A. lead.

``It was nice to get a goal on the first shift and get a lead against a great team like that,'' said Allison who later scored a power play goal after getting cut in the mouth by a high stick.

``Ally can take two guys away and create a lot of space,'' said Allison's linemate Ziggy Palffy who left the game in the third period with a groin injury. The Kings have an off-day on Sunday and Palffy will be revaluated.

``It was a one-goal game and that early goal was the difference,'' said Joseph who was signed by Detroit as a free agent from Toronto this summer was playing his first game in Staples Center. ``It was a great read by Allison.''

The Red Wings settled down after the goal. Kris Draper drove to the net to tap a feed from Brett Hull past Kings goalie Felix Potvin at13:15 of the first to tie the game.

The Kings quickly responded with two goals within a span of 2:37 to regain control. Brad Chartrand scored on a wrist shot after Ian Laperriere dug the puck out from the corner and sent it to Chartrand alone in front of the Detroit goal at 16:22.

Allison then drew a double-minor high-sticking penalty when the stick of Detroit defenseman Jere Fisher caught him in the mouth. Still bloodied from the incident, Allison one-timed a rebound of a Jarolsav Modry shot over Joseph for a 3-1 Kings advantage in the final minute of the first period.

``We have to show more restraint, it has to start now,'' said Red Wings coach Dave Lewis.

Brett Hull's first goal of the season, on a Detroit power play at 5:56 of the third drew the Red Wings within a goal.

Game notes

Although it was quick, Allison's goal 27 seconds into the game was far from a Kings record for fastest goal to start a game. On February 14, 1987 L.A. forward Dave Williams scored against Hartford just seven seconds after the opening faceoff....The Kings went without a shot on goal in the first nine minutes of the second period....Bob Miller, the Kings Hall-of-Fame play-by-play television announcer celebrated his 65th birthday at the game. ... Jesse Walin, Stacy Roest and Sean Avery were healthy scratches for Detroit. Ken Belanger, Jarslsav Modry and Chris McAlpine were Kings scratches.

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