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Kings vs. Red Wings: Datsyuk's goal has Detroit cruising after two periods

February 28, 2011 |  9:23 pm


The outlook is bleak here at Staples Center.

Pavel Datsyuk’s spower-play goal with 41 seconds left in the second period gave the Detroit Red Wings a 4-1 lead heading into the third period Monday night.

The Red Wings are 19-0 when leading after two periods this season.

Datsyuk flicked a wrist shot into the upper net, burying the Kings on a day when they seemed to be moving forward.

The Kings acquired power forward Dustin Penner and handed Justin Williams a four-year, $14.6-million contract extension during the day. They then took a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game against Detroit when Michal Handzus chipped in a rebound off the boards for a power-play goal.

Then … Detroit’s Drew Miller scored a soft goal, throwing the puck into the crease and off the right pad of goaltender Jonathan Quick to tie the score. There was nothing Quick could do 30 seconds later, when Danny Cleary charged down the slot, reached out and redirected Jiri Hudler’s pass into the net for a 2-1 lead.

Nicklas Lidstrom’s blue-line shot threaded its way through five players for a power play goal and 3-1 lead.

--Chris Foster

Photo: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty sends Detroit's Justin Abdelkader tumbling backward over goaltender Jonathan Quick's pads in the first period Monday night at the Staples Center.Credit: Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire