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Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: Jimmy Howard, Red Wings Steal Win From LA Kings

LOS ANGELES — Despite dominating the once high-flying Detroit Red Wings throughout the game, outshooting the Wings 52-24 for the game and 27-6 in the second period, the Los Angeles Kings dropped a 2-1 decision to the Wings in front of a sell-out crowd of 18,118 fans at Staples Center on January 7.

Detroit forward Dan Cleary scored a first-period goal just with 00.2 seconds left on the clock after the Kings coughed up the puck in their own zone and were left scrambling after the Wings, who easily took advantage.

The Kings finally solved Detroit rookie goaltender Jimmy Howard at 15:38 of the third period when Ryan Smyth scored on the power play to extend his goal scoring streak to four games.

But just 1:04 later, the Kings defense broke down in their own zone and Darren Helm got a fortunate bounce off the stick of Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, giving the Wings their final margin of victory.

Howard, who was brilliant in stopping 23 shots, also got several truckloads worth of help from his defense, who found themselves in Howard’s crease as much as Howard was, leaving the Kings high, dry and badly frustrated from losing a game they deserved to win.

NOTES

  • The last time the Kings had 50 shots in one game was February 13, 1997 (4-4 vs. Toronto).
  • The Kings’ 27 shots in the second period set a franchise record for most shots in one period. The previous high was 26 (two times; last time was on October 14, 1993 vs. Edmonton). The team record for most shots in one game is 59 (set December 26, 1992 vs. San Jose).
  • The line of Smyth (nine shots), Dustin Brown (six shots) and Anze Kopitar (eight shots) combined for 23 shots.
  • Nine of Smyth’s thirteen goals have come on the power play (139 of his 313 career goals have come on the power play).
  • The Kings are 6-2-1 in their last nine home games.
  • The Kings have killed nineteen of their last 21 penalties (90.5 Percent).
  • The Kings are 38 for 43 on the penalty-kill in their last eleven games (88.4 percent).
  • 14 of the Kings’ last 18 games have been decided by one goal (9-5-0).

Audio Interviews (raw, unedited)

Anze Kopitar (1:50)

Drew Doughty (0:43)

Dustin Brown (1:00)

Terry Murray (6:45)

Game Highlights From NHL Video On YouTube

 


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One Response to Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: Jimmy Howard, Red Wings Steal Win From LA Kings

  1. Matt says:

    Optimist: One of those games that you just put behind you. If the Kings play like that for the rest of the season, they’ll have no problems making the playoffs.

    Pessimist: If they don’t stop giving up goals late in periods, they might give me a heart attack.

    I’m going to focus on the good and ignore the blood pressure that reached record highs last night…

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