Kings continue their road trip and also continue with their struggles to gain points. Even though they started off with a nice effort it was the Red Wings who scored first. And twice in a row. After a power play goal from Datsyuk and a even stregth goal from Brunnen it was 2-0 Detroit towards the end of the first period. The Kings cut the Red Wings’ lead to half when Kopitar made it 2-1 with only 41 second remaining in the first frame. The second period was scoreless, though the Kings fired 23 shots at Detroit’s net. But Jimmy Howard guarded it too well. When the third period was nearing its end LA’s Jonathan Quick left the net and the Kings attacked with 6 skaters. It paid off – at 19:07 Alec Martinez scored his first goal of the season and tied the game at two. But the Kings’ joy wasn’t long-lasting. With 4.5 seconds left in the third period the Kings weren’t able to clear their zone, Jonathan Ericsson took a shot near the blue line, puck went through Quick’s five hole and slowly trickled behind his back and into Kings’ net. Instead of overtime and certainty of at least one point the Kings left Detroit empty-handed.
Simon moved up in a line-up again and played the whole game on the first line with Kopitar and Brown. They seemed to work well together, Simon was credited with 2 shots on goal, 1 missed shot and 1 attempt blocked. He ended the game with plus-1 rating. Gagne also saw a power play time again, playing on the 2nd unit with Stoll and Williams. He’s still waiting for his first goal of the season though, let’s hope it comes tonight when the Kings face off against the St. Louis Blues.
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