Red Wings look to continue strong start against Kings

Red Wings look to continue strong start against Kings

The Los Angeles Kings found an unusual way to secure their first victory of the season and will play at Detroit on Monday, seeking another notch in the win column but not necessarily in the same fashion.The Kings’ game against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday was indeed wild, as they pulled out a 7-6 victory at the start of a five-game road swing. They lost at home to Vegas and Seattle prior to the trip.”Strange night,” head coach Todd McLellan said. “Maybe that’s what we needed to get a win and find a way. (Now) rest, and get ready for Detroit.”Adrian Kempe led the offense with two goals and an assist, including the game-winner at 8:03 of the third period. Matt Roy, Alex Iafallo and Gabriel Vilardi each contributed a goal and an assist, while Anze Kopitar had three assists.Los Angeles scored a combined four goals in its first two games.”If you had told us we were going to score seven goals, I would have been jumping for joy,” McLellan said. “It’s the giving up six that isn’t the ideal recipe. It’s a really hard game to explain. I’m not sure we’re going to give six goals up and win a game again this year.”Cal Petersen made 29 saves for Los Angeles but didn’t feel like a winning goaltender.”I haven’t been in a game like that, I don’t think, in my career,” Petersen said. “I’m glad I can check that one off the box with a win. Hopefully, never have to win one like that again.”The Red Wings are off to a strong start under new coach Derek Lalonde. They blanked Montreal on Friday, then collected a 5-2 road win at New Jersey on Saturday.Ben Chiarot, David Perron and Dominik Kubalik scored their first goals since joining Detroit via free agency this offseason.

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