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Kings’ missteps cost them in loss against Red Wings

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings puts a shot on goal against Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings on November 19, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images.

Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, right, makes a glove-save off a penalty shot by Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (AP Photo by Christine Cotter.
Game 20: Red Wings 4, Kings 1


To peep out all the videos online about this game, check out today’s Hockeywood Dailies.

• AP: Kings falter as Red Wings collect rare road win

The Detroit Red Wings snapped a five-game, road-losing streak behind strong goaltending by Jimmy Howard and offense from players who had been struggling to score.

• LA Times: Detroit Red Wings’ 4-1 victory ends L.A. Kings’ winning streak

One team on the ice at Staples Center on Saturday looked old, slow and fumble-fingered — and it wasn’t the Detroit Red Wings. The Kings spent too much time watching the Red Wings work their magic with the puck and demonstrate that their rumored demise is merely opponents’ wishful thinking.

• LAKings.com: Downed by Detroit

The Kings and Detroit Red Wings traded roundhouse punches early in Saturday’s game. The Kings didn’t get up.  After a shorthanded goal that should have given them tremendous momentum against a Detroit team that has been weak on the road this season, the Kings became shockingly uninspired and it cost them in a 4-1 loss to the Red Wings in front of a sellout crowd of 18,118 at STAPLES Center.

• NHL.com: Datsyuk, Wings dethrone Kings 4-1

Detroit remains tightly calibrated through its ups and downs, and it didn’t blink when it gave up a shorthanded goal early against the Los Angeles Kings.  The Red Wings (10-7-1) responded with Pavel Datsyuk’s slump-busting power-play goal and scored the next three for a 4-1 victory to finally end one of the worst road stretches in club history.

• Detroit Free Press: Detroit Red Wings 4, Los Angeles 1: Wings break two-game skid

Unlike the San Jose game, when the Sharks turned their shorthanded goal into a landslide, the Wings didn’t let the Kings have the momentum for long. Nicklas Lidstrom got the puck at the blue line and blasted a shot on net, and after Tomas Holmstrom got his stick on the puck, Datsyuk strode in and netted his third goal of the season.

• Detroit News: Pavel Datsyuk scores twice, Wings end road losing streak

 Howard stopped Kings leading scorer Anze Kopitar on a penalty shot at 11:06 of the second period, with the Wings leading 2-1. “I really enjoy those moments,” said Howard of the 1-on-1 confrontation. “It’s kind of my chance to score a goal. I love that 1-on-1.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings makes a save against Mike Richards #10 of the Los Angeles Kings on November 19, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)They said it


“We didn’t make any plays. At least that’s what it seemed. We were just chasing the puck around the whole time, and with a team like that, it’s obviously tough to do. You pretty much have no chance if they have the puck all the time.” – Anze Kopitar, about the game.

“They might be a little bit older. They’re not slow, definitely. It’s the furthest thing from the truth. They’re a good team. They have a lot of skill. They get on you quick on the forecheck, and they force you to make mistakes, and then they capitalize. They played a good 60 tonight, and they were just better than us.” – Jonathan Quick, on the age of the Red Wings.

“They capitalized on turnovers and we didn’t. When you play these guys, there are shifts when you’re in your zone for a little while, but tonight it was way too much. We turned pucks over and played right into their game. They had a great game. A lot of their guys were playing really well. We played right into their system like that, so they’re going to have great success.” – Matt Greene, on the game.

“Against a team like Detroit, that play over the top of you, you’ve got to bring everybody back, you’ve got to stay low. You’ve got to make those little handoff support plays. Tonight, it was one pass and we thought we were done. We were resting, when it should have been, ‘OK, I’ve got to stay involved, I’ve got to get it back and I maybe have to bring it out the other side.’ I thought we brought a lot of the issues on ourselves.” – Terry Murray, on whether the Kings were “chasing the game.”

“I stayed patient with [Kopitar]. You know he’s a talented player. I figured he was going to make a move and I just went out, followed him back, stayed patient and was able to make a glove save.” – Jimmy Howard, on stopping kopitar on the penalty shot.

Hockeywood Dailies: Red Wings snap Kings winning streak

Here’s Bob Miller and Jimmy Fox, breaking down the Kings 4-1 loss.

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Here’s an interview with Anze Kopitar, who was robbed by Jimmy Howard on his penalty shot.

Matt Greene’s comments after the game shows the frustration.

Coach Terry Murray’s postgame presser.

Here’s Niklas Lidstrom, talking in the visitor’s locker room.

Here’s the winning goaltender, Jimmy Howard

Coach Mike Babcock wraps it up nicely.

Last week for “I’m Down With The Crown” entries!

PhotobucketI am truly overwhelmed by you, Kings fans. I’ve had so many entries for my “I’m Down With The Crown” contest, that I’m having to set a date of March 11th for last-minute entries.

I’ve had a wide variety of photos sent in, and I’m in the process of setting up a bracket, just in time for March Madness.
Entries have been pouring in from all over: Vegas, Colorado, Chicago,
Boston… The Monarchy is wide-spread, that’s for sure.

You can’t deny the power of the throwbacks. This season, the Kings are undefeated while rocking the new old threads, beating the Canucks in October, the Oilers in January and the Wild in February. It’s been a hell of a run.

There is one more throwback game on the docket, to honor Kings legend: Bob Pulford on March 19. Don’t forget, tickets for the stretch run package are still available to attend these games.

Just enough time for a final push for entries in the contest. So, here’s the deal… All you have to do is snap a picture of yourself wearing any Kings jersey (preferably with a Crown, but we’ll accept the Shield, Chevy, Home Plate and, heaven help us, the Burger King) and email it to lifeinhockeywood(at)yahoo.com, along with your name and address and your preference of a white or black decal.

In return, I’ll send out a limited edition, 3″x5″ “I’m Down With The Crown” vinyl sticker, courtesy of Build-A-Sign.com, absolutely free. And let me say this right now, I will NOT use your address for any mailing list. I hate, hate, HATE that when you apply for a contest, and your mailbox becomes inundated with crap for years to come. I’ll be mailing out these stickers on my own dime (or however much it costs to send mail these days.)

PhotobucketAfter I compile a gallery of jerseys, we’ll have a contest to see who has the best shot. So, take a photo in front of Staples, with an Ice Girl, with Jimmy Fox, Marty McSorley, in front of your Kings shot glass collection at home, with your dog, Zamboni, stained glass lamp… Anything that sets you apart from your fellow Kings fans. Winner gets some swag I’ve acquired over the past few years as well as an “I’m Down With The Crown” shirt.

One more thing: in the email, please include your name, address and
number where you can be reached. I’ll use that to contact the winner and
figure out what you’d like to get.

Here’s some ground rules:

1.) One sticker per address, please. Like I said, I’m sending these out on my own.

2.) Have fun with it. Show everyone just how much you enjoy being a
Kings fan. Most fans I know are very creative, so I expect some pretty
unique shots. Remember,  you need to do something to get yourself
noticed!

3.) Please use common sense, good taste and discretion when sending in
photos. While I have no problem with scantily-clad photos, The Wife does
occasionally check out the blog. So do me a favor and save those shots
for Facebook. Then friend me, so I can see them... Wait, what?!?

4.) I can only offer the prize to the continental U.S. and Canada. I
have no idea how much it would be to send something to Europe, so I
apologize in advance. You can still send in your photos, and I’ll post
them with a special commendation.

5.) If I don’t get enough pics, I’m gonna have to call off the contest.
Last time I tried a contest, I got a grand total of three (4) entries.
Then I felt like giving everyone prizes for the effort, which I had to
decline. Money doesn’t grow on trees, especially in my yard where I
can’t even keep my grass green.

So get snapping, Kings fans. Get a free “I’m Down With The Crown” decal for your car and show everyone what team you root for.