Red Wings 7, Kings 3
DETROIT (AP)—Henrik Zetterberg said he wanted to shoot the puck more this season. So far, the strategy has worked.
Zetterberg’s first goal in the second period snapped a 2-2 tie. Just 52 seconds later, he made it 4-2.
“I think I’m shooting a little more than last year,” said Zetterberg, who had 22 and 15 goals in his first two NHL seasons. “You have to shoot to score. You put it on goal more and it goes in.”
He netted a power-play goal at 13:04 when he blasted a shot past goaltender Mathieu Garon from the bottom of the left circle. He then beat Garon with a backhand shot from the left circle less than a minute later.
“I think that’s one thing that I didn’t do (shoot often),” Zetterberg said. “In Europe I always looked to pass.”
His second goal sent Garon to the bench in favor of Jason LaBarbera.
Visnovsky scored on a 5-on-3 power play 9:52 into the third period with a slap shot from the high slot to make it 4-3.
But Williams restored the Red Wings’ two-goal advantage when he scored off a goal-mouth scramble with 6:19 remaining. His blind backhand pass attempt wound up going into the net.
“Steve (Yzerman) took a shot at the net and it went off the goalie,” Williams said. “I just tried to pass it back to Steve and it went in.”
Holmstrom scored into an empty net with 1:05 left, and Lidstrom added a 5-on-3 power-play goal with 6.6 seconds remaining.
“We put a couple on the platter for them and didn’t get much of a chance,” Los Angeles defenseman Aaron Miller said.
Detroit was coming off a 5-2 home loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night.
“We knew they were disappointed in their effort against Phoenix and were going to come out very hard,” Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said. “Our sitting back and being assertive in our game only compounded the problem tonight.”
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was certainly happy about his team’s improved play.
“I thought we played better and with more intensity than we have been,” he said.
Cammalleri tied it at 2 at 8:33 of the second period when he picked up a loose puck behind the net and overpowered both Zetterberg and Holmstrom to score on a wraparound.
Detroit got second-period goals from Lang at 1:29 and Datsyuk on the power play at 6:48. Those were sandwiched around Brown’s man-advantage goal at 2:39.
Detroit acquired D Cory Cross from Pittsburgh for a fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft. … The Red Wings traded D Jamie Rivers to Phoenix for a seventh-round pick this year. … Los Angeles acquired RW Tim Jackman from Phoenix for C Yanick Lehoux. … Kings C Pavol Demitra (blood in eye) and LW Alexander Frolov (shoulder) were still out with injuries from the Olympics. … Detroit RW Mikael Samuelsson missed his third straight game with a wrist injury, also sustained at the Turin Games.