|Red Wings beat Kings in shootout 4-3|
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|Monday, 27 October 2008 19:59|
Defenseman Denis Gauthier was attempting a clearing pass deep in the Kings' zone and put it right onto the stick of the forechecking Filppula, who took one stride and beat Jason LaBarbera to the stick side with a 15-foot wrist shot.
In the shootout, Datsyuk and Zetterberg beat LaBarbera with backhanders after Chris Osgood stopped Dustin Brown and Oscar Moller. The victory improved Detroit's road record to 5-0.
The crowd of 17,671 included hundreds of fans wearing Red Wings jerseys, and one of them threw an octopus onto the ice in the opening minute of the third period. It seemed to have fired up the Kings even more than the defending Stanley Cup champions when Alexander Frolov scored at the 46-second mark to give Los Angeles a 3-2 lead.
Michal Handzus sent the puck off the boards in the neutral zone to Frolov, who got a step on Brian Rafalski as he crossed the blue line and took a shot along the ice that deflected into the net off the skate of six-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.
Zetterberg also scored in regulation and Marian Hossa had a power play goal for the Red Wings, who outshot the Kings 37-19. Seven of Detroit's first nine games have been decided by one goal. The other two were decided by two-goal margins, with the Red Wings scoring an empty-net goal in both.
Moller and Kyle Calder scored the Kings' other two goals.
Detroit tied it 2-all at 9:24 of the second period on Hossa's goal. It came with 49 seconds left on a 5-on-3 power play, after coincidental hooking penalties against Moller and Raitis Ivanans.
Hossa got the puck from Lidstrom and split between Handzus and defenseman Sean O'Donnell before beating LaBarbera to the stick side with a short wrist shot. Hossa, who signed a one-year, $7.45 million contract with Detroit last summer after his Pittsburgh Penguins lost in the finals to the Red Wings, has five goals and seven points in his first nine games with his new team.
Calder put the Kings ahead 2-1 at 1:16 of the second with his first goal, ending a personal 20-game drought dating back to Feb. 7 against the Red Wings at Detroit.
Detroit opened the scoring at 5:54 of the first period, 7 seconds after a hooking penalty against Kings defenseman Matt Greene had elapsed. Greene stormed out of the penalty box and caught up to Rafalski just in time to prevent him from getting off a clean shot from the right point, but the puck trickled ahead to Zetterberg and he beat LaBarbera low to the glove side from about 15 feet.
The Kings, who went almost 9 1/2 minutes before getting their first shot on net, tied it at 10:46 while Rafalski was off for tripping Handzus. Peter Harrold's screened shot from the right point broke off Osgood's glove, and the puck fell behind him in the crease before Moller poked it in for his second NHL goal.
Notes: Hossa has six goals in his last three games against Los Angeles. ... The Kings have allowed three goals in eight short-handed situations during their last two games, after killing off all 27 opponents' power plays in their first six contests. ... Detroit has scored at least one power play goal in seven straight games and is 12-for-37 overall. ... The Kings began a seven-game homestand, their longest since last Oct. 15-Nov. 1, when they went 3-4.