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Conklin posts fifth shutout of season, Red Wings blank Kings 4-0 @NHLdotcom

LOS ANGELES - Ty Conklin posted his fifth shutout of the season, Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby each had a goal and an assist, and the Detroit Red Wings cruised to a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

The defending Stanley Cup champions have earned at least a point in a season-high 10 straight games. Johan Franzen scored his 20th of the season after getting the go-ahead goal Wednesday night in a 4-3 win at Anaheim. Mikael Samuelsson also found the net for Detroit, 19-2-0 in its last 20 meetings with the Kings.

Conklin, who faced 23 shots in his ninth career shutout, has won his last five starts and is 8-1-1 over his last nine - including shutouts against San Jose, Chicago and Columbus. He's 5-1-0 lifetime against the Kings, who have scored no more than two goals in 10 of their last 14 games. They were shut out for the seventh time this season and fifth time at home.

Los Angeles defenceman Drew Doughty, the second overall pick in the draft, missed his first game of the campaign because of a bruised right thigh after getting rammed into the boards by Tampa Bay's Evgeny Artyukhin in Monday's 3-1 loss. Doughty leads the team in ice time per game.

The Kings have lost three consecutive home games in regulation for the first time since Jan. 3-5, 2007. In all three games, they fell behind 3-0.

Maltby, who was a healthy scratch Wednesday night for the second time this season, opened the scoring at 7:40 of the first period from the edge of the crease after Kings defenceman Denis Gauthier lost the puck to Kris Draper behind the net.

The Red Wings, who have been one of the best passing teams in the league year after year, displayed their brilliance again to increase the margin to 2-0. Playoff MVP Henrik Zetterberg received a sharp cross-ice pass from Jiri Hudler in the right circle, then quickly slid the puck between the legs of defenceman Sean O'Donnell to a wide-open Franzen at the left of the crease at 16:44 of the first.

Franzen scored while Matt Greene was off for holding Valtteri Filppula. The Red Wings came in with an NHL-leading 27.3 conversion percentage on the power play.

Samuelsson made it 3-0 at 9:43 of the second, one-timing Hudler's cross-ice pass from short range while Kings centre Jarret Stoll was trapped in the crease behind goalie Jonathan Quick. Draper added his third of the season at 13:59 of the period on a perfect setup in front by Tomas Kopecky.

Notes: The Kings are 51-109-5 with 23 ties against teams defending a Stanley Cup championship, 15-54-1 with 12 ties against "Original Six" teams defending the title, and 5-7-1 with two ties against Detroit in those situations. ... Thursday marked the 59th anniversary of Terry Sawchuk's first NHL shutout, a 1-0 victory for Detroit over the Rangers. Sawchuk's 103 shutouts are an NHL record. ... No Detroit player has scored three goals in a game this season. Only five times in the Red Wings' 82-year history have they gone through an entire season with a hat trick, and not since 1970-71, which was Gordie Howe's final season with them. ... Red Wings D Chris Chelios was in the lineup for only the sixth time this season and first time since Jan. 6, when he broke Scott Stevens' career record for games played in the regular season. Chelios turns 47 years old on Jan. 25. ... Detroit came in with a league-worst 74.3 penalty-killing percentage on the road, compared to a league-best 88.5 percentage at home. ... Detroit is one of three teams that hasn't allowed a short-handed goal, along with Philadelphia and Dallas. ... Eight of the Kings' next nine games are on the road. ... Kings captain Dustin Brown has only one goal and one assist over his last 10 games.

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