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Detroit Red Wings Blow Another Third Period Lead in Loss

February 28th, 2013 at 3:59 PM
By Frank Vajcner

It has become an all too familiar theme this month for the Detroit Red Wings.

After holding the Los Angeles Kings scoreless for 50 minutes, the Wings allowed two goals in a span of 4:46 in the third period to result in a 2-1 loss to the Kings.

The Wings now have a 2-5-2 record in one-goal games.

"We built on our last game there with a lot of movement, a lot of shots," Red Wings' captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "Only thing we didn't have is goals."

The wings opened the scoring at 9:42 of the first after Kyle Quincey took advantage of a misplay by Kings' netminder Jonathan Bernier. Quincey would send a slap shot in off of Bernier's helmet for his first goal of the season.

Jimmy Howard kept the Kings off the board throughout the first and second period, especially during a long 5-on-3 in the second period.

The Kings finally solved Howard at 10:26 of the third when Jeff Carter tipped a shot from Mike Richards past Howard to tie the game.

Anze Kopitar scored the game-winner at 15:12 after taking a feed from Dwight King and beating Howard with a wrister.

The Wings were unable to solve Bernier for the rest of the game, as he would finish with 32 saves. Howard finished with 27 stops.

"I've got to give us a chance to win, but it wasn't enough," Howard said. "We were playing a great road game there. We were just grinding it out and making smart plays. (But it) doesn't matter who you play, you can't be giving up three 5-on-3s."

THREE STARS:

  1. LAK Jonathan Bernier (W, 32 saves, .970 save percentage)
  2. LAK Anze Kopitar (GW goal, assist)
  3. DET Niklas Kronwall (27:57 TOI)
Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg, Hockey, Jimmy Howard, Kyle Quincey, Los Angeles Kings, NHL

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