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Mrazek's 35 saves help Red Wings hold off Kings

by Paul Harris /

DETROIT -- Petr Mrazek made 35 saves and the Detroit Red Wings held on for a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday.

Mrazek was sharp and got some timely help from his teammates, who blocked 13 shots, including three in the final five seconds.

"That was a tough last minute, but I got in front of a couple shots, and the guys were blocking everything," he said of the final seconds. "I don't even know how many shots they stopped, because I couldn't even see everything at that point."

Tomas Tatar, defenseman Mike Green and Dylan Larkin scored for Detroit (10-8-2). Captain Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader each had two assists.

"I thought we played not bad in the first [period], I thought they outplayed us in the second, even though we scored, and I thought in the third we pushed back," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I thought we did a good job in the third. We didn't give up as much, they still created some until the very end. It was a good win."

It was the first time Detroit has scored three goals in a game at home since Oct. 16, and the third time in their past 12 games overall that it has managed three goals.

The Red Wings got a scare early in the third period when Larkin, their prized 19-year-old rookie, limped off to the dressing room after twisting his lower body awkwardly. But he returned.

"I don't know anything beyond that, but since he finished the game, I think he'll be OK. We'll see tomorrow." Blashill said.

Detroit plays the St. Louis Blues on the road Saturday.

Jeff Carter scored twice and Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves for Los Angeles (12-7-0).

"I think it was a good road game for us. We had chances to get another goal. It could've gone either way," said Enroth, who lost for the first time in four decisions this season.

The Kings are 5-2-0 on the road this season including 1-1-0 on a five-game trip that continues against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

Green and Larkin scored 2:23 apart early in the second period to give Detroit a 3-1 lead.

Green, who signed with Detroit as a free agent this summer, got his first goal as a Red Wing at 3:45 when he put in a loose puck from the inside edge of the left circle after playing the puck off his skate.

"I've been trying to concentrate on shooting the puck a little bit more to try to get something created. So it felt good to get one tonight," Green said.

Larkin put Abdelkader's rebound into a half-empty net at 6:08 for his seventh goal.

"We need those kind of goals when the puck is just laying around and you pick it and score," Tatar said. "We were missing those, so we were glad they came tonight. We use them to get the two points."

The Red Wings' outburst forced the Kings to play catch-up.

"You give any team a 3-1 lead, it's going to be tough to come back in today's NHL," defenseman Jake Muzzin said.

Carter's second of the game pulled the Kings back within one. His wrist shot from the right circle, off the rush, deflected into the net off Mrazek's glove at 10:43 for his ninth goal of the season.

But neither team scored in the final 29:17.

"You give up three goals, you've got to score four. That's a big challenge in this League," Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter said. "... We had a lot of opportunities to score the fourth. A lot of opportunities, more than usual."

Tatar's power-play goal at 14:10 of the first period gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead. He scored his sixth goal of the season on a one-timer into the empty side of the net from the bottom of the left circle after a blind, backhand, cross-crease pass from Abdelkader.

Carter's shorthanded goal at 16:21 tied the game. With Drew Doughty off for tripping, Carter went in on a breakaway, deked and slid a backhander past Mrazek.

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