Wings were up 1-0 after the first period. Dennis Cholowski made the correct move by joining the rush and beating Jonathan Quick on the short side, top shelf.
Goals by Nielsen and Larkin gave the Wigs a 3-0 lead heading into the third period. Through two periods the Kings had 24 shots while the Wings had 17 but the Wings have capitalized on their chances while the Kings were unable to put a puck past Jimmy Howard.
The Wings were cruising along in the third then Anze Kopitar scored for LA with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the period and continued to pressure Howard who was great all night long, especially in the last five minutes of the game.
Final score Detroit 3 LA 1.
Goals and stats below.