Kings miss opportunity
Chris Osgood’s mini midseason training camp produced results.
The struggling goalie made 30 saves in his return to Detroit’s lineup after a four-game break, leading the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the Kings on Friday night.
Osgood has a 3.22 goals-against average, which is 42nd in the NHL, and an .883 save percentage, which is 32nd. He has been working on his technique and fundamentals with goaltending coach Jim Bedard.
“The physical skills were always there. It was just a matter of resetting my mind and just playing the moment. Now this game is over,” Osgood said. “I’ve always been like that, but for some reason I got away from that the first half of the year. You can fill your mind with too many things and it’s hard to play when you’ve got a lot of stuff in your head.”
Derek Meech and Tomas Kopecky scored for the Red Wings.
Alexander Frolov scored for the Kings, and Jonathan Quick made 39 saves.
“I think we did some good things in the first period. We managed the puck well and were getting it on the net,” Kings Coach Terry Murray said. “Unfortunately, we made some passes through the middle of the ice and that gave Detroit some momentum on turnovers.”
Meech opened the scoring with 7:52 left in the second period, charging in from the point to put in a rebound off a goal-mouth scramble.
Kopecky made it 2-0 1:43 into the third period when he beat Quick on a one-timer from along the goal line. Kopecky took a short pass from Valtteri Filppula after Quick misplayed the puck behind the net. It was Kopecky’s fourth goal.
Frolov scored on a power play 4:48 into the third period. He put in his own rebound off a goal-mouth scramble for his 26th goal.
“In the first period we had the puck in our zone for a lot of minutes,” the Kings’ Anze Kopitar said. “The second period was the period that bogged us down and we shot ourselves in the foot.”