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.
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
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Arena: STAPLES Center Location: Los Angeles, California
Referees: Shane Heyer, Michael McGeough Linesmen: Vaughan Rody, Troy Sartison
Attendance: 18,177 (100.3% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Jason Allison (1)
Kris Draper (1)
Assists: Brett Hull, Pavel Datsyuk
Brad Chartrand (1)
Assists: Ian Laperriere, Mikko Eloranta
Jason Allison (2)
(Power Play) Assists: Jaroslav Modry, Zigmund Palffy
No scoring this period
Brett Hull (1)
(Power Play) Assists: Igor Larionov, Sergei Fedorov