Nyquist, Datsyuk lead Red Wings over Kings 5-2
Gustav Nyquist and Pavel Datsyuk each scored twice to lead the Detroit Red Wings over the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 on Friday night.
Nyquist had a pair of power-play goals, and Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar also scored in a four-goal first period to help the Red Wings win their third straight at Joe Louis Arena.
Jimmy Howard made 28 saves – one on Dustin Brown’s penalty shot – for his fifth victory of the season. Detroit outshot the Kings 35-30 and kept the Stanley Cup champions winless on the road.
Alec Martinez flicked a rebound past Howard midway through the second period to put the Kings on the board, and Tyler Toffoli added a short-handed goal early in the third period.
Los Angeles had a chance to make it a one-goal game when Brown was awarded a penalty shot 3 minutes into the third, but Howard made a pad save to maintain the two-goal cushion.
Detroit scored on the game’s first power play when Nyquist sent home Henrik Zetterberg’s centering pass 6 minutes into regulation.
Datsyuk swiped the puck from Dwight King deep in the Kings zone midway through the first and made it 2-0 with his third of the season. Nyquist added his second goal and assisted on Tatar’s goal later in the period. Datsyuk added an empty-netter in the final minute.
It was the first multigoal game of the season for Nyquist, who scored in each of the Red Wings’ first five games.
Jonathan Quick had 30 saves for Los Angeles after giving up four goals on 12 shots in the opening period.
Fans found "Get Well Gordie" signs on their seats when they arrived for Detroit’s first home game since Hall of Famer Gordie Howe suffered a stroke Sunday at his daughter’s house in Texas. The sellout crowd held up the signs and stood for an extended ovation after being told "Mr. Hockey" was watching the game on TV.
The 86-year-old Howe has difficulty using the right side of his body and is recuperating in Lubbock, Texas, with his family.
The teams went to the first intermission with 1:52 left in the period to allow workers to replace a shattered pane of glass in one of the corners. Players returned to the ice to finish the first, then started the second period after a short break.
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NOTES: Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey left in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. … Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar missed his third straight game with an upper-body injury. Teammate Marian Gaborik missed his eighth game with a similar injury. … The Red Wings are the NHL’s best penalty killers and kept the Kings scoreless on two chances to improve to 0 for 20 at home. … Kings center Trevor Lewis had an assist in his first game after missing three weeks with an upper-body injury.