Even though the Detroit Red Wings roster had an abundance of injured players, the Los Angeles Kings were only able to get one goal through falling 3-1 on Saturday at STAPLES Center. Kings season ticket holder since 1972 Paul Smith who is 100 years-old dropped the ceremonial puck for tonight's game.
Howard, who just returned from an injury, made 44 saves against the Kings, with each player recording at least one shot. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves against the Red Wings.
The Kings had five power play opportunities which they only took advantage of once. The Red Wings had four opportunities taking advantage of none. Even though the Kings got the first goal of the night, the entire team was playing more defense then offense, which has been their big issue lately.
Around three minutes after the Red Wings tied the game and Riley Sheahan recorded his first career NHL goal.
The second period was scoreless. In the third period Tomas Tatar scored with under eight minutes left, putting the Red Wings ahead 2-1. Helene St. James unfortunately reported Tatar’s father had passed away a few days ago, and he told her after the game, “My dad passed away two days ago. This game and my goal were for him.” Adding “I felt he was with us the whole game.”
Danny Cleary put the Red Wings in the 3-1 lead, with under four minutes remaining, getting the team the win.
The Kings pulled Quick for the extra attacker but Howard did not let one go through.
The Kings now have 59 points, 27-14-5 , third place in the Pacific Division, sixth in the Western Conference, and eighth in the League.
They will play their final game, of their five-game home stand, on Monday against the Vancouver Canucks, 7:30 p.m.
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