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Detroit's road trip got off to a rough start, but the Red Wings should have a good chance to rebound against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
The Red Wings look to put a humiliating loss behind them and win their 12th straight against the Kings when the teams meet at Staples Center.
Detroit (25-10-5) opened a five-game trip Thursday with a 9-4 pounding at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, ending a four-game winning streak. Making the defeat all the more stunning, the Red Wings had taken a 3-0 lead before allowing the Sharks to score nine unanswered goals.
Detroit had gone 6-0-1 in their previous seven games.
"It was a tough night," coach Mike Babcock said. "We haven't played like that in I don't know how long. We weren't competitive at all after the first period. ... We got humbled beyond belief. Now we get a chance to rebound."
San Jose scored six power-play goals, including five in the third period - both team records for man-advantage goals allowed. The Red Wings have given up 10 power-play goals in their last four games after giving up none in their previous four.
"I have no explanation," said Detroit's Dominik Hasek, who hadn't allowed more than two goals in any of his last five games and had not given up more than five in a game since March 15, 2000, also in San Jose. "I don't know what to say about it. ... We were up 3-1. Everything was fine. They scored three power-play goals, and it all fell apart. We didn't think it could get any worse on their power play, and it did."
Veteran defenseman Chris Chelios did not play and is out indefinitely while he deals with the stabbing deaths of two employees in his Detroit sports bar. The Wings were also without top-line forward Pavel Datsyuk, who missed his second game with an upper-body injury.
If recent history is any indication, Detroit has a good chance to get back on track Saturday. The Red Wings haven't lost to Los Angeles since Oct. 12, 2002.
Detroit has defeated Los Angeles twice this season, including a 6-2 home victory Sunday. Datsyuk and Jason Williams each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings.
Los Angeles (15-22-5) won for the third time in five games Wednesday, 3-0 over Columbus. Mathieu Garon stopped 26 shots for his second shutout this season and 10th of his career.
"Defensively, we were awesome. We were disciplined and didn't take that many penalties," Garon said. "At 2-0, I just wanted to get the win and the last minute I really wanted to get (the shutout)."
Michael Cammalleri scored for the first time since Dec. 14 and ended an eight-game stretch in which the Kings gave up the first goal. They had been outscored 15-3 in the first period.
"It was important for us to keep a 1-0 lead for that long," he said.
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