Wings Roll Over Kings 4-0
Ty Conklin earned his fifth shutout of the season, stopping 23 shots, as the Red Wings cruised to a 4-0 victory to earn another two points. It was the tenth straight game they have earned at least a point.
Kirk Maltby got the scoring started 7:40 into the first, knocking one in from just outside the crease after the Kings lost track of the puck behind the net. Johan Franzen scored his 20th of the season on the power play 9 minutes later.
In the second period Mikael Samuelsson and Kris Draper scored to make it 4-0 thanks to crisp passing by the Wings as a team. Draper and Maltby each had an assist to go with their goals and Jiri Hudler had two assists.
Pavel Datsyuk failed to notch a point for just the third time in the last sixteen games but the Wings got good play from secondary players to power past the Kings who lost their third straight at home by a combined score of 12-2.
The Wings, who own a shaky penalty killing percentage of 80.3% and a league worst 74.3% on the road continued to improve killing off all five penalties in the shutout.
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Conklin earned his 16th win of the season, and won his fifth straight start. He’s 16-5-1 on the season. The Wings are the only team in the league with two goalies who each have 15 wins. Osgood is 15-2-5.
Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios saw ice time for just the sixth time this season and first since Jan. 6, when he broke Scott Stevens’ career record for regular season games played.
Detroit improved to 7-1 in the month of January and 2-1 on their road trip which continues Saturday night in the highly anticipated rematch with the San Jose Sharks who suffered their first home loss in regulation, 3-2 by the Calgary Flames. The Wings now trail the west by just a point and could move into first place with a win.
ProHockey-fans.com Detroit Red Wings Correspondent