After the Montreal Canadiens shut out the Kings, 6-0, last Saturday at the Forum, King Coach Pat Quinn made his team watch a videotape of that game during practice Sunday. The players also had to evaluate their performance.
Quinn figured that since the fans had to watch such a horrible performance, his team might as well suffer, too.
But the hapless Kings apparently did not learn from their mistakes.
They gave up five straight goals to the Detroit Red Wings in the second and third periods Wednesday night and lost, 7-2, before 8,473 fans at the Forum.
It was the Red Wings' first win on the road this season. They were the only team in the National Hockey League that hadn't won a road game, having gone 0-5-2 in their first seven games away from home.
The game matched the second- and third-worst teams in the NHL. The Kings, who are winless in their last four games, have a 3-12-1 record. The Red Wings are 3-10-4. The teams play again next Thursday night in Detroit.
With the score tied at 2-2 after the first period, the Red Wings exploded against King goalie Darren Eliot. Eliot had sat out the last three games.
Left wings Gerard Gallant and John Ogrodnick scored two goals apiece to lead Detroit. Defenseman Harold Snepsts and center Dwight Foster each had two assists.
Ron Dugay had one goal and one assist. Right wing Chris Cichocki and defenseman Reed Larson also scored for Detroit.
Paul Guay and Phil Sykes scored for the Kings.
Gallant tipped in a shot by Dugay during a delayed penalty on King left wing Brian MacLellan with 3:45 left in the second period to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead.
The Red Wings had pulled goalie Greg Stefan for an extra skater after MacLellan pulled down defenseman Greg Smith in the Detroit zone. And the move paid off when Gallant scored his second goal of the night to break a 2-2 tie. Eliot made a save on Dugay's shot, but the Kings failed to clear the puck from the crease and Gallant tapped it into the net.
The Red Wings scored again with 2:23 left in the second period when Dugay deflected a shot by Snepsts into the net for his third goal of the season.
The Red Wings, who were shut out in their last game Monday night in Vancouver, scored on their first shot of the game when Gallant scored his ninth goal of the season on a breakaway at 2:08.
The Kings tied it at 1-1 at 5:41 when right wing Guay scored an unassisted goal on a shot from the right circle.
Detroit took a 2-1 lead with 11:02 left in the first period when right wing Chris Cichocki scored on a shot from the left circle.
Left wing Sykes scored his second goal of the season on a power play with 2:11 left in the first period to tie it at 2-2. The goal came off a rebound of a shot by Dave (Tiger) Williams.
The Red Wings outshot the Kings, 16-15, in the first period and 12-10 in the second, after which they were booed off the ice.
King Notes The Kings play the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night at the Forum. . . . Tickets for the Kings' game against the Soviet Red Army team on Dec. 26 at the Forum will be available to the public Saturday night at the Forum box office. Tickets are priced at $20, $12.50 and $10. . . . King center Doug Smith knocked down Detroit goalie Greg Stefan with a hard slap shot with 9:47 left in the first period. Smith's shot hit Stefan on the left side of the face. However, Stefan was able to continue.