LOS ANGELES - Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill challenged his team after Wednesday's 2-0 loss at Anaheim and they responded.
The Wings raced out to a 3-0 lead after one period and shut out the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center, 4-0, on Thursday night.
It is the second shutout for the Wings, the last coming Oct. 22, a 3-0 blanking of the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena.
1. Jared Coreau : Coreau, making his fifth career start and fifth on the road, was kept busy by the Kings. At 7:26 of the first, Danny DeKeyser hooked Tanner Pearson and Pearson was awarded a penalty shot. Coreau calmly made the save, preserving what was a 1-0 lead at the time. In the second period, the Kings threw 13 more shots at Coreau and he stopped them all. Meanwhile, Coreau's teammates only had two shots on Zatkoff in the second after 14 in the first.
Quotable: "We talked about them having big net presence before the game. They have some big guys and I was ready for that from the beginning. I think I got a little lucky. There was one they were whacking at and they ended up blowing the whistle down. It was good. Like I said, D played well and did a good job of getting pucks out of there." - Coreau
Quotable II: "Obviously the win matters by far the most but as you get to the end of the game and you know you're going to win, you could tell by the block Jensen had that the guys wanted him to preserve that shutout. It's good for him. i thought he deserved it tonight." - Blashill
2. Thomas Vanek : Vanek has scoring ability and he also has hockey sense. Vanek scored the game's first goal at 1:42 when he went to the right side of the net and tapped in Frans Nielsen's pass from behind the net. At 18:17 of the first, Vanek was there for a rebound of Andreas Athanasiou's shot. Vanek now has nine goals, third on the team behind Anthony Mantha's 10 and Dylan Larkin's 11. Vanek also had two goals in the first game of the season, Oct. 13 at Tampa Bay.
Quotable: "I think about my line, me and Fransy have some good chemistry from the past. I thought the last eight or nine games we've been good together, even with Nyquie (Gustav Nyquist). Maybe scoring one goal or nothing but just creating chances. I thought AA (Andreas Athanasiou) did a good job for us. His speed brings a different element to our line. I played with him early in the year. Again he showed again tonight. He was the difference." - Vanek
3. Andreas Athanasiou: Athanasiou did not get to play Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks but he responded in just the way the Wings had hoped. Athanasiou assisted on both of Vanek's goals in the first period and then did what he does best when he got the chance. Anthony Mantha saw an opening and fed the puck to a streaking Athanasiou, who beat Kings goaltender Jeff Zatkoff on the breakaway at 10:02 of the first and nearly had another on a breakaway in the third. Athanasiou finished with four shots on goal.
Quotable: "He was excellent, excellent in the first, excellent in the third, I thought in the second maybe didn't skate quite as well but he was excellent in the first, excellent in the third. When he's that determined, he's got big-time talent. You guys know it, I know it. As I said to him today, ultimately we're a better team when Double A's going at a high level and he was going at a high level tonight. So now the challenge for every player is to follow that up again Saturday against San Jose." - Blashill
Quotable II: "I came off the bench, I saw the puck bobble, we both saw each other, we looked at each other and I kind of called for it, I think I stepped on the puck and he handled it well and put it on my tape." - Athanasiou