One bad line change, one well-placed rebound and one opportunistic, hard-charging forward.
That was the game-changing play between the
The breakdown came even before Kings goalie
Tatar, who had set up Sheahan's first-period goal, celebrated the moment with extra emotion, pointing to the sky, honoring his father, who passed away recently. It was his 10th goal of the season.
Detroit continued its relentless pressure and the Kings had trouble gaining possession, leading to the Red Wings' third goal, by
The two third-period goals came in a three-shot span for the Red Wings.
It had been a tight game until Tatar's moment. The teams traded goals in the first period with the Kings going ahead when they capitalized on a five-on-three advantage with defenseman
Detroit equalized with 2:49 remaining in the first as the rookie Sheahan scored his first
For the Red Wings, it was an impressive display, considering their injury list looked more like the NFL injury update.
Out with injuries, among others, for the Red Wings were
As if the Red Wings didn't have enough injury-woes, they got some more bad news after the game.
Starting goalie Jimmy Howard, who faced 45 shots, hurt his hip flexor, according to Detroit Coach Mike Babcock. Backup goalie, youngster Petr Mrazek, who has three career wins, will start against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
The Kings have won three of their last 10 games and their lack of scoring has been a continuing theme.
Richards, for one, is mired in a goal-scoring drought, having gone 21 games without one, the second-longest spell since he joined the Kings in the 2011-12 season. He had an assist in Thursday's 4-2 win over Boston, his first point in four games, and also assisted on Doughty's first-period goal Saturday.
Richards had vowed to veer away from his pass-first mentality.
"I've just got to start getting back to shooting first and looking for second options later," Richards said after the morning skate. "So the biggest thing is the thought process, when you start getting looks toward the nets, shoot more and look for passes second.
"I feel I know where he [Tyler Toffoli] is for the most part.
Richards made a concerted effort to fire away. He had five shots through the first two periods and finished with eight overall.
"I don't use it very often, but I have a decent shot," Richards said. "I just have to get back to trying to shoot more."
The Kings' scratches remained the same: defenseman
The Kings are off until Monday when they face the Vancouver Canucks.
"You've got to finish your chances," said Kings forward Justin Williams. "You can't win every game, 1-0, 2-1. We certainly had enough chances to win the game tonight. We didn't do it. The onus is on us to put the puck in the back of the net."
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was asked about the long scoring drought of Richards.
"He played a good game tonight," Sutter said. "It was probably the game with the most opportunities that he's had in 21 games. He's not the only guy. If you want to condemn Mike Richards, there are several players....There's expectations on the group of offensive players to score, not just one."