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Wings laugh last, beat LA Kings, 3-1

Monday, 10.16.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Wings laugh last, beat LA Kings, 3-1
LOS ANGELES -- Robert Lang scored twice in the third period and Kris Draper had a short-handed goal to lead the Red Wings to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Detroit goalie Chris Osgood stopped 22 shots in his season debut. Dominik Hasek started the first four games.

Forward Sean Avery scored for Los Angeles in the last minute of the first period. Dan Cloutier stopped 24 shots.

Lang, who played his first 149 NHL games with the Kings between 1992 and 1996, put Detroit ahead 2-1 early in the third period while Alexander Frolov was serving a delay-of-game penalty for clearing the puck over the glass. The goal came 5 seconds after Rob Blake returned from a tripping penalty.

Lang got the puck from Nicklas Lidstrom at the left of the crease, looked around like he was going to pass, then suddenly spun and whipped his first goal of the season between Cloutier's right foot and the post. It was only the third power-play goal this season for the Wings in their first 27 attempts.

Lang scored again on a breakaway with 3:58 left in the game, beating Cloutier low to the glove side after Avery coughed up the puck to Mikael Samuelsson near the red line.

Avery opened the scoring during a goalmouth scramble with 45 seconds left in the first, after Osgood stopped a slap shot by Aaron Miller but failed to control the rebound. Draper tied it at 9:44 of the second period while teammate Jason Williams was serving a hooking penalty.

Johan Franzen carried the puck into the Kings' zone and was leveled with a clean open-ice hit by Blake -- a split-second after getting the puck to Draper, who went in all alone on Cloutier and backhanded his 14th career short-handed goal through the goalie's legs.

The Kings were outshot 27-23. The Wings had averaged 34.3 shots through their first four games, compared with 17.0 by their opponents. Los Angeles came in averaging 34.4 shots.

Blake, whose 138 goals and 429 points with the Kings are the most by a defenseman in franchise history, has begun his second tour of duty in Los Angeles with no points in his first six games.

Game notes: Accompanying the Wings on their four-game road trip is Hall-of-Famer Scotty Bowman, who coached Detroit to three Stanley Cup titles and is now in his fifth season as a consultant with the team. ... Draper is one of eight players left from the Wings' last Stanley Cup championship team in 2002. ... The Kings were 0-for-8 on the power play and are 5-for-53 with the man advantage altogether. ... The Kings, whose 78.7 penalty-killing percentage last season was the worst in the league, have allowed seven goals in 38 short-handed situations this season.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80