LOS ANGELES (WWJ) – The Detroit Red Wings snap a two game losing streak with an impressive win over the L.A. Kings 4-1 Saturday.
The Wings get their first victory on the road as part of a four game swing that takes them coast to coast – and avoided what would have been their first six game road loss since 1987.
Pavel Datsyuk scored two, as Justin Abdelkader and Niklas Kronwall each had one in a game that helped the Wings to the road win. Kronwall’s power play goal gave the Wings the lead and they never looked back.
Mike Richards put in the lone goal for the Kings in the first period – but the lead was short-lived with the Wings scoring just 37 seconds later.
Jimmy Howard was between the sticks for the Wings after being yanked from the previous game against the Sharks in which Howard let in four goals on 21 shots before Ty Conklin replaced him. Conklin allowed one goal on seven shots in the Wings 5-2 loss to the Sharks.
Howard allowed only one goal and had 23 saves – the Kings’ Jonathon Quick saw 4 goals go into the net – with 34 shots on goal.
According to the Associated Press the victory made Detroit the only visiting NHL team to win a game at Staples Center in each of the last nine seasons.
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