Detroit at Los Angeles

Red Wings pound rookie goalie, send Kings to fifth loss in row wire reports

LOS ANGELES -- Maybe the Los Angeles Kings should return to London.

Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and two assists and the Detroit Red Wings beat Los Angeles 4-1 on Sunday night, sending the Kings to their fifth consecutive loss.

They have just one win so far, beating the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks in the season-opener in London. The Kings' start is their worst since they were 1-6-0 to open the 1987-88 season, including five consecutive defeats.

"I thought we were better tonight, but felt like it was the same story," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "We made critical mistakes at critical times of the game.

The Red Wings scored two goals each in the second and third periods against Jonathan Bernier, the Kings' 19-year-old rookie.

Detroit backup Chris Osgood made 27 saves in his 600th NHL start, and second of the season.

"To come into another team's building and your goalie makes some big saves, it gives you that calming influence," said Kris Draper, who scored in the second. "The previous games, we kind of let a team get back into it."

Leading by a goal in the third, the Red Wings scored goals less than two minutes apart to take a 4-1 lead. Tomas Holmstrom scored from the left side at 5:39 on a pass from Zetterberg, who followed with his fourth goal of the season.

Zetterberg stole the puck while surrounded by three defenders, skated behind the net and went top-shelf on Bernier at 7:21. The Red Wings are 2-0 on the road, having won at Chicago in overtime.

"If you have good confidence, you make the right plays," Zetterberg said. "We have a little more depth this year and special teams are better."

Detroit was whistled for six penalties. The Kings' two minor penalties, totaling four minutes, were their lowest of the season.

"We got a lot of penalties; I have no idea why," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "Then we had to kill penalties and Ozzy did a good job.

Michael Cammalleri, the Kings' leading scorer with six, prevented the shutout with a power-play goal at 1:44 of the third.

Draper's boarding penalty carried over from the second period, then Andreas Lilja went off for high-sticking, giving Los Angeles a 5-on-3, which Cammalleri converted with a slap shot from the left circle.

After a scoreless first, Detroit received goals from Pavel Datsyuk and Draper in the second.

Datsyuk's shot went through Bernier's legs and dribbled across the goal line as the rookie reached back with his left glove in a futile attempt at the puck. Zetterberg assisted 40 seconds into the period.

Draper scored on a short-handed backhander at 3:06.

Bernier stopped 26 shots on the 40th anniversary of the Kings' first game.


  • Cammalleri is tied with Ottawa's Dany Heatley for the NHL goal-scoring lead.
  • The Kings beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Oct. 14, 1967, at Long Beach Arena in the club's first game.
  • The Red Wings opened a four-game West Coast swing, with Anaheim next on Monday night.
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Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg (right) burns the winless Kings with a goal and two assists.  (AP)
Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg (right) burns the winless Kings with a goal and two assists. (AP)
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Los Angeles (1-5-0)0011
Three Stars
H. Zetterberg

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
P. Datsyuk

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
K. Draper

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
40.0Pavel Datsyuk (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Henrik Zetterberg
03:06Short - Kris Draper (4), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
01:44Power Play - Michael Cammalleri (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Lubomir Visnovsky, Alexander Frolov
05:39Tomas Holmstrom (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk
07:21Henrik Zetterberg (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Tomas Holmstrom, Pavel Datsyuk
Penalty Summary
11:32Kronwall, 2 min, Interference
16:57Rafalski, 2 min, Tripping
18:40Brown, 2 min, Interference
01:46Rafalski, 2 min, Hooking
03:47Visnovsky, 2 min, Interference
19:49Draper, 2 min, Boarding
01:31Lilja, 2 min, High sticking
14:38Kronwall, 2 min, Tripping
Los Angeles145928
Chris Osgood60:00271
Jonathan Bernier59:54264
Game Information
Attendance - 17215
Referees - Stephane Auger, Dan Marouelli
Linesmen - Mike Cvik, Brad Lazarowich
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