For two periods the Red Wings were the better team Wednesday.
But it was a costly third period that did the Wings in again.
Goals by forwards Jeff Carter (power play) and Anze Kopitar rallied Los Angeles to a 2-1 victory over the Red Wings.
Kopitar scored at 15:12, breaking a 1-1 tie. Kopitar was left completely alone in front of goalie Jimmy Howard as all five Red Wings milled toward the boards, and patiently waited out Howard to score his sixth goal.
"He sort of came from the blind side. I don't know how he got so wide open," Howard said. "I yelled to pick him up and realized there was absolutely not anybody around him. They were able to find him and he made the play."
Earlier, Carter scored on the power play, tying the score.
After outstanding penalty killing in the second period — the Wings killed off two minutes of a Kings two-man advantage — inopportune penalties caught up with the Red Wings in the third period.
Penalties to Kyle Quincey (roughing, 9:18) and Pavel Datsyuk (face-off violation, 9:40) gave the Kings their third two-man advantage of the evening.
This time, the Kings didn't waste it.
Carter redirected a pass from Mike Richards through Howard for his 11th goal at 10:26.
"You can't be giving up 5-on-3's We shot ourselves in the foot," Howard said. "Next thing you know, they got two goals."
What bothered the Wings were two non-calls against Daniel Cleary (15 stitches needed near his orbital bone) and Brendan Smith (Kings forward Dustin Penner pummeled Smith away from the play) in the third period.
"I don't mind the penalties we took because we took them but those (the Cleary and Smith plays) can't be missed either," coach Mike Babcock said. "We did a lot of good things tonight. In the third period, we really carried the play early, then they got the 5-on-3 again."
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130228/SPORTS0103/302280400#ixzz2MCndbDs7
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