By the time you read this most of the Kings players have already forgotten tonight’s game with the Detroit Red Wings.
At least that’s what they’ll tell you.
LA came into the game riding a mild four-game winning streak over Detroit, including a 5-0 shutout in Michigan two months ago.
Although Michal Handzus scored first, this game was all Red Wings.
Drew Miller scored the first of his two goals 6:37 into the game and they never looked back. Two more in the first and one more in the second made it 4-1 Detroit and it only got worse, with another two goals in the first six minutes of the third period.
This led to Jonathan Quick being pulled for only the second time this season. Yet, the damage was already done though.
Dustin Brown would later score his team leading 21st goal of the season (on Anze Kopitar‘s second assist of the night). Next was Wayne Simmonds, who seems to be doing quite well on the top line (3 goals, 1 assist in the last three games). And Brad Richardson even put one in the net at 19:39.
However, it was too little too late. The Kings were down 7-4 and out of time.
Richardson will now return to fourth-line duty, having spent some time with Kopitar and Simmonds the past two games (after Marco Sturm was lost to waivers).
Earlier in the day the Kings traded for Dustin Penner, who is expected to start Thursday night on the top line – wearing #25.
[note: for trade coverage, start here to read Welcome to LA - 10 Tidbits on Dustin Penner]
Random fact of the night, Peter Harrold dressed for only the second game since Christmas and first since January 6 vs. Nashville.
Warning – the following video highlights may be tough to watch for younger viewers…