|Date of game: 10/31/2014
Recap: Detroit vs. Los Angeles
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Gustav Nyquist scored twice on power plays and had an assist during a four-goal first period that carried the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena.
Pavel Datsyuk contributed to the early barrage with a goal and a helper and added an empty-netter in the third period after the Kings closed the gap.
Jimmy Howard made 28 saves for the Red Wings, who have won two straight and five of their last seven games.
"It was a good start," Detroit head coach Mike Babcock said. "We are going in the right direction. We need to keep getting better."
Tyler Toffoli and Alec Martinez supplied the goals for Los Angeles, which has lost each of its first three stops on a five-game road trip. Jonathan Quick was beaten four times on 12 first-period shots, but made 22 saves over the last two frames.
"We want to play our type of hockey win or lose," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "We have to find a way to get back to that game for a full 60 minutes and play our style of hockey."
Nyquist scored from the slot off a feed from Henrik Zetterberg 5:51 into the game.
Datsyuk stole the puck from Dwight King in the Los Angeles zone and tried to make a pass to Zetterberg, but the puck deflected in off Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin at 9:42.
Nyquist scored his second goal just over two minutes later. A Niklas Kronwall point shot caromed off the end boards and Nyquist was at the left side of the net to put the puck home.
Tomas Tatar then converted a pass from Nyquist with 4:32 remaining to cap the flurry.
Martinez scored at 10:41 of the second period after Mike Richards dug out a puck Howard believed was frozen, and the defending champs halved their deficit as Toffoli buried a rebound for his third short-handed goal of the season at 1:48 of the third period.
With Detroit still on the power play, Brown was tripped by Danny DeKeyser on a breakaway, triggering a penalty shot. Howard made a stick save as Brown tried to go five-hole.
Datsyuk lit the lamp a second time with 1:10 remaining into a vacant cage.Game Notes
The Red Wings have won four straight and five of the last six meetings ...
Zetterberg and Kronwall both had two assists ... Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
was a minus-3.