Red Wings fall at home again, this time 4-1 to Kings
The song remains the same for the Red Wings.
They were outplayed and could manage only a goal or less once again at home, this time a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.
It was Detroit’s fourth consecutive home loss (0-3-1) with a goal or less on its five-game homestand. The Wings, who host the Anaheim Ducks Saturday, are 2-9-3 in their last 14 at home.
“We got to stick together. We got to work more on the stuff that’s not working,” captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “I think we’re doing some stuff good, but we have to work more on the stuff that’s not going well, getting pucks to the net, power play, stuff like that.”
Detroit managed only 18 shots Thursday night.
“We hit a lot of skates, a lot of pads when we had our chances. We can’t find a way to get the puck to the net,” Zetterberg said. “As I said, I thought today we spent enough time in there (the offensive zone) at least. We know how they play. They’ve been playing the same for years. We knew it was going to be a tight game, and it was a tight game.”
Defenseman Mike Green got the Red Wings only goal.
“Obviously we’re in a bit of a hole and we’ve got to dig ourselves out. Having a lack of confidence or composure is not going to help,” he said. “We’ve got to make sure we keep our level up here. We’ll get back at it tomorrow and make sure that we’re doing the right things to win hockey games. ”
But just as it was Tuesday night in Detroit’s 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes, the Wings gave up a goal early (21 seconds into the game) and a goal late in a period (17 seconds left).
Los Angeles defenseman Derek Forbort scored 21 seconds into the game with a screened shot from the point that Jimmy Howard (27 saves) never saw.
Green tied it 7:13 into the first period with his seventh goal, which came off a nice backhand feed by Luke Glendening.
The score remained 1-1 until late in the second period when Nic Dowd was left alone in front of Howard and scored on his own rebound with 17 seconds left in the middle period.
That was the winning goal.
“Certainly, you don’t want to give up goals in those areas, and we gave up a goal right off the bat tonight and gave up a goal at the end of the second,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “Those are hard times to give up goals.”
Tyler Toffoli scored twice in the third period, the second into an empty-net with 3:34 left for the final margin and to clinch the contest for the Kings.
Jonathan Ericsson returned after missing three games with back spasms. He replaced D Alexey Marchenko in the lineup. Marchenko aggravated a shoulder injury in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. … Los Angeles goalie Jeff Zatkoff, who made 17 saves is from Detroit. … Kings defenseman Alec Martinez is from Rochester Hills. … Los Angeles D Matt Greene is from Grand Ledge.