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Incoming coach Darryl Sutter had to be cringing at what he saw Saturday night.

Sutter, who reportedly has agreed to take over behind the Los Angeles Kings' bench and will be introduced as coach next week, wasn't in Joe Louis Arena to watch the Detroit Red Wings rout his new team 8-2 behind two goals each from Cory Emmerton and Drew Miller.

But wherever he watched the game, he couldn't have been happy.

Niklas Kronwall added a goal and two assists, and Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Brad Stuart also scored for Detroit. Dan Cleary had three assists, and Darren Helm and Tomas Holmstrom each had two -- in all, 14 players had points for Detroit, which led 3-0 before the first period was nine minutes old. Jimmy Howard had an easy 27-save night.

Wings coach Mike Babcock knows his team caught the Kings when they're down.

"We did lots of good things, scored lots of goals here tonight," he said. "It was an awfully tough night for them and we're happy to get the two points."

Davis Drewiske and Jarret Stoll scored for Los Angeles, which lost for the sixth time in seven games. John Stevens, who took over on an interim basis when Terry Murray was fired last week, was behind the bench for the third time -- the Kings fell to 1-2-0 since the coaching change.

"We got our (butts) kicked, plain and simple," captain Dustin Brown said. "We made mistakes, and that's a good team. They're going to do that every time if we're going to give the puck away and not make plays in our own zone. We just got our (butts) kicked, and there's really no excuse. It's time for everyone in this room to wake up."

Detroit wasted no time jumping on the Kings. Miller put in a rebound just 1:45 into the game, and Emmerton tipped in Jonathan Ericsson's shot 15 seconds later. Kronwall's slap shot from the top of the right circle beat Jonathan Quick at 8:32 and ended his night, after which Jonathan Bernier took over. Quick's goals-against average went from 2.09 to 2.20 in less than half a period.

"We came out with energy and got a quick goal and then another one, and that put them on their heels," Miller said. "We just kept going from there."

Drewiske's second goal in two games put Los Angeles on the board at 17:15, but Emmerton's second restored the Red Wings' three-goal lead just 80 seconds later. He fired a one-timer past Bernier from the inside edge of the left circle for his third of the season.

"I think it's real good for him confidence-wise," coach Mike Babcock said of his rookie center's big night, which also included an assist. "He's got NHL skills. He's got to decide if he wants to be an NHL player."

Stoll made it 4-2 at 11:03 of the second period when he chipped in a rebound for his third goal. But goals by Zetterberg and Datsyuk gave the Wings a 6-2 lead at the second intermission. Miller and Stuart added goals in the third.

"It's huge to get contributions from everyone. It's good to see the third- and fourth-line guys getting on the scoresheet," Miller said. "Tonight we responded really well and it was a big win for us at home."

Miller also said the Wings weren't worried about what was going on in the other locker room.

"For us, the biggest thing is that we want to take care of our game," Miller said. "No matter who we're playing, we've got to prepare and play our game. I think we did that tonight.

The loss was by far the Kings' worst of the season.

"We come in here and, I don't know where they are in the standings but they're a good team," Brown said. "They've been a good team. We got our (butts) kicked. It's time for guys to wake up. That's pretty much it, really. Guys have to wake up and take responsibility."

Material from team media was used in this report
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