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Discuss: Red Wings stun Kings in regulation

Feb 10, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

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It looked like the Los Angeles Kings were going to get at least a well-earned charity point on Sunday, but a late Jonathan Ericsson goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 regulation win instead. Let’s get to the talking points.

  • Jimmy Howard rarely receives many plaudits, yet he’s been putting up strong numbers recently. Is it time to really start considering him an elite goalie?
  • Speaking of elite goalies, Jonathan Quick had a mostly solid afternoon but still let precious standings points slip away. Can he get it together this season?
  • On that note, the unavoidable: will the Kings be able to pull another rabbit out of a hat and make a late postseason run again? They’re tied for the least points in the West with eight points and are five points behind the Dallas Stars (13) and St. Louis Blues (13) for one of the two last playoff spots.
  • Detroit’s now in fifth place, extending its winning streak to three games. Should the Red Wings be considered a contender as usual?
  • While Pavel Datsyuk dazzled as always, Henrik Zetterberg was the game’s second star with two assists and strong overall play. Do we forget about the Red Wings captain too easily when discussing all-world players?

Here are highlights from today’s wild game.

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  1. pensfan603 - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Quick on that last shot.. what an idiot.

    • uscthom78 - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      Time to give him a quick hook and give the other Jonathan a chance to shine.

  2. bensawesomeness - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    As a Wings fan, for the last 3-4, its always has seemed like opponent’s goalies would have career-defining games against us. We’d throw puck after puck on them, only to have them shine and come out on top.

    It was really fantastic to finally get to experience it the other way around this time.

    Good game

  3. hockeycoach1 - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Jimmy Howard should’ve been first, second, and third star today

  4. wingsfan13 - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Howard played out of his mind, it is good to see him get the win in regulation!! He was difference today, glad to see the wings didn’t let up after the kings tied it up. Overall a great win GO WINGS!!!!

  5. beelza - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    The rise of the American goaltender.

  6. bigbadbruins77 - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    quick was my first pick on my fantasy team this year and I’m about to trade him for a bag of pucks…

    • beelza - Feb 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      I’ll lose a lot of money b/c of Quick this year. Gotta be something goin’ on we don’t know about. Maybe a nagging injury, leaky defense…Still an elite goaltender. Short season, tuff decision, but gotta dump him soon at the latest.

      • bigbadbruins77 - Feb 10, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        He had off season back surgery. Cup hangover apparently last through the lock out too…Kings have injury problem and they elite defenseman have an awful

  7. costmiller - Feb 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Remember what Gretzky said about Zetterberg recently:
    “To be honest with you, he’s driving our bus big time,” Babcock told “He’s been our best player by a country mile.”

    Nobody should be surprised by this, considering Zetterberg has been one of the Red Wings’ best players for a long time — long enough to prompt The Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky, to say Zetterberg has been his favorite player in the NHL over the last decade.

    “I think he’s the best Swedish player they’ve ever put in the NHL,” Gretzky told

    Yes, he actually had Lidstrom in mind when he made the comparison, and this isn’t the first time he’s praised Zetterberg like this.

    • beelza - Feb 10, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Let me get this straight. The greatest athlete Canada ever produced, while living in America and commenting on the national sport of Canada just said that his fav player, and the best player in the last 10 years is a Swede playing and living in Detroit. Canada invades America Tuesday morning.

      • costmiller - Feb 10, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        I’m stocking the bunker right now,….

  8. laurely515 - Feb 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Kind of off-topic, and maybe this is just me, but the lockout has definitely made me less of a hockey fan. I mean, I’m still watching all the Flyers games, will go to a few, and buy Flyers things, but I’m just not into the rest of the league at all. I watched this game today, and I’ve seen a couple Rangers games, but that’s about it; I don’t really have any idea what’s going on in the Western Conference, or really even anything outside of the Atlantic Division, and I don’t really care. It’ll probably change once the playoffs start, but I don’t know. I guess I’m just wondering if anyone else has felt like this so far this season.

    • beelza - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      Well Mr. Commissioner, or should say Gary…Nice try. lol

    • vindicatus - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      No, it’s just you and the other Flyers fans. Your hockey ennui is a direct result of the fact that the Flyers suck.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        Please no other Flyers fan feel like that. I’ve been watching every game on the NHL network and NBC, and can’t get enough hockey this season. The Flyers, by the way, are hitting their stride (getting 7 of the last possible 8 points). Just got Simmonds back, and Hartnell and Mezsaros will be back relatively soon so the Flyers will be in the thick of things. As for this game, the Kings just don’t seem to be getting any lucky bounces. Jimmy Howard was great but it just seems like the Kings are pressing too much. You gotta think Quick will get back to form eventually, and maybe he’ll start stealing games like last season. But “Flyers West” and the Flyers need to get it going.

  9. sjsblitz - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Kings fans have been miiiiiiiiiighty quiet lately. Hell of a game, Mo-town had me pumped the whole game. Thats damn good hockey, kudos to you Detroit, kudos!

  10. uscthom78 - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Detroit’s twitter feed should say: to the rest of America, you’re welcome.

  11. jkaflagg - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Terrible defensive play on the final faceoff with Doughty tipping the puck out to an uncovered point, but…..Quick’s still gotta stop that shot.

    It’s beginning to feel like everything that went right in last year’s playoffs is now going wrong for the Kings, and with the short season they may not be able to pull it together…

  12. hypefree10 - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Pop a Molly, I’m sweating woo!
    5 hoooollleeeee!
    Hopefully Sammy stays injured and they get Helm back soon.

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