After barely beating the dead last Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday it shouldn’t be that surprising that the LA Kings lost to the Detroit Red Wings last night. And they lost bad. Exactly two minutes into the first period it was 2-0 Wings after Miller and Emmerton scored 15 seconds apart. At 8:32 it was 3-0 thanks to Kronwall. And Jonathan Quick headed prematurely to the locker room (after allowing three goals on 7 shots) while Jonathan Bernier took his place in the Kings net. At 17:15 of the first period the Kings showed some life with a goal from Drewiske but any hopes for a comeback were killed when only 80 seconds later Detroit made it 4-1, Emmerton scoring his 2nd goal of the night. In the middle of the 2nd period the Kings again came within two goals when Jarret Stoll got the puck behind Howard but again, barely a minute later Henrik Zetterberg improved his team’s lead to three goals. And ever since then, the gap only grew bigger. At 19:38 of the middle frame Datsyuk made it 6-2 and in the third period the Wings added two more goals – at 7:34 Drew Miller and at 11:18 Brad Stuart on a power play (Colin Fraser was in the box). Thus the game ended with a horrid score of 8-2. No matter the Kings outshot the Wings 29-27. No matter the Kings outhit them 29-16. No matter the Kings won 51% of the face-offs. The Kings had about gazillion of turnovers, mental lapses and only two goals. And they lost.
Simon was as good as the rest of the team. Which means not very good. He did have some moments, collecting 2 shots on goal, 1 attempt blocked and 1 missed shot. Positive is also 1 hit and 2 take aways. He also managed to stay even in the +/- until the middle of the game but unfortunately ended up with a minus-3 record. Well, given the fact he had 18:43 of ice time and with Detroit being on a scoring spree, it’s not so shocking stat. Plus, only 4 players on the team were able to stay off the negative rating – Williams(+2), Penner (+2), Stoll (+2) and Drewiske (even).