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Kings Sink Against Red Wings

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The Kings made the biggest splash of trade deadline day getting Dustin Penner from the Edmonton Oilers for a minor leaguer and two draft picks. Yet if it were possible to sink in ice, the Kings did just that as they fell to the Detroit Red Wings 7-4 as the Wings fans serenaded their team on in the final period.

“They kicked our ass,” defenseman Jack Johnson said after the game.

It was really a shame since the Kings did do a good job in the first period outshooting the Wings 14-10 and controlling the puck for most of the period. However all they had to show for it was the game’s first goal when Michal Handzus stuffed a loose puck past goalie Jimmy Howard at 4:09 after Jarret Stoll’s hard shot from the high slot.

Then it was all Wings.

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“The momentum changed late in the first period,” head coach Terry Murray said. “They scored goals at the right time, and gave us a real lesson here today on how to come and be ready - just to play hard, to play smart, to play intelligently on the road.”