Kings Sink Against Red Wings
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.
“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.”