The Los Angeles Kings opened a seven-game home stand in a losing effort to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. The win salvaged a back-to-back series for Detroit who lost to the Anaheim Ducks the night before. The loss kept Los Angeles from winning three in-a-row and gaining ground in the Pacific Division on a night the San Jose Sharks lost in regulation.
In Detroit’s win, backup goalie, Jared Coreau, made 34 saves for the first shutout of his NHL career. Thomas Vanek scored two of Detroit’s four goals to help hand Los Angeles just their fifth loss on home ice this season. It was also the fifth time Los Angeles has been shut out this season.
As Coreau put together a perfect game for Detroit, Kings’ goalie, Jeff Zatkoff, put together a less-than-desirable performance. He allowed a goal on the first shot of the game and three in the first period on the way to allowing four goals on 22 shots faced.
Head coach Darryl Sutter talked about Zatkoff’s performance after the game, via LA Kings Insider, “You know what? Goalies are goalies. It probably wouldn’t have mattered today.;
For the Kings, they welcome the Minnesota Wild, who are fresh off a 5-4 win over the Sharks, to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon and Detroit will finish its tour of California in San Jose later that night.