DETROIT -- Many of the Red Wings were at a loss for words when it came to Sunday's 4-2 defeat against the Los Angeles Kings at Little Caesars Arena.
But they did admit their overall play was lackluster and disappointing, especially in the first two periods, when the Wings were outscored, 3-0, and outshot, 29-14.
After L.A. made it 4-0 at the 6:40 mark of the third period on a goal by Tyler Toffoli, the Wings did mount a mini-comeback, scoring twice and limiting the Kings to just three third-period shots, but it wasn't enough as the Wings' two-game win streak was snapped.
Filip Zadina and Madison Bowey lit the lamp for the Red Wings, who appeared sluggish and a step slow most of the night.
Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar (two goals), and Toffoli tallied for the Kings, who won for the third time in their last four games.
Eric Comrie (0-2-0) started in goal for the Wings and took the loss. He stopped 28 of the 32 shots he faced for an .875 save percentage.
Port Huron native Jack Campbell (5-6-1) was in net for the Kings and improved his career record versus the Wings to 2-0. Campbell made 22 saves out of the 24 shots the Wings fired for a .917 save percentage.
Up next for the Wings (9-23-3) is a Tuesday home date with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
L.A.'s next action is also on Tuesday as they visit Boston to take on the Bruins, which will be the fourth game of its current five-game road trip.
1. Madison Bowey: It was just five days ago that Bowey was assigned to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins after clearing waivers. In 22 games, Bowey had one goal and seven assists before he was sent down. In his one game with the Griffins, Wednesday at San Diego, Bowey assisted on Matt Ford's game-winning goal. On Sunday night, Bowey fired the puck at the net and Zadina was able to put the rebound in at 9:51 for the Wings' first goal of the game. Anthony Mantha had the second assist. Then at 17:37, Bowey rifled a shot from the right point that eluded Campbell. Tyler Bertuzzi and Filip Hronek assisted on the goal, Bowey's second of the season. His last tally came Nov. 10 against the Vegas Golden Knights. It marked Bowey's first multi-point game with Detroit and first since Dec. 12, 2017 when he was a member of the Washington Capitals. Among Wings defensemen, Bowey is second only to Hronek in scoring. Hronek has 18 points (7-11-18) while Bowey has 10 (2-8-10). Bowey finished with 23 shifts for 18:23, had two shots, one hits, three giveaways, two blocked shots and was plus-2.
Quotable: "I'm feeling good, like I said, I know I can play in this league. I just kind of had to reset a little bit and go down there (Grand Rapids) and play some big minutes and get my game back and I think now I know what it takes to stay in the lineup. I'm building off that and keep moving. My main thing for me is to just defending hard and the last two games I think I've done just that, so I just have to keep focusing on the little things and doing those right." - Bowey
Quotable II: "Last night he was very good. He was with the rest of our group tonight, none of us, outside maybe a guy or two, had their game going at all. Last night he was good. It's two games, we'll see." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill
2. Filip Zadina: Zadina skated in his 10th game with the Wings Sunday night, one more than he played last season. When he was with the Wings last spring, the intention was to give the young forward a taste of the NHL so he would have a better idea of what things he needed to work on over the summer. Zadina put that knowledge to good use. Although he didn't stand out as much during the preseason, Zadina went down to the Griffins and built his game. When Mantha went down with a knee injury, the Wings called up Zadina. When Mantha returned to the lineup, the two were on the same line with center Valtteri Filppula. Zadina's goal on the rebound midway through the third period was his second in three games and third of his career. In his last seven games, Zadina has seven points (2-5-7). Zadina finished with 21 shifts for 17:53, had three shots, two giveaways, one takeaway, one blocked shot and was even. The 17:53 is a season high in ice time and second only to his 18:16 last March 5 at Colorado, the game in which he scored his first NHL goal.
Quotable: "It's always a pleasure when he tells you that, but nothing has changed. I just want to play the best hockey I can to help the team and earn my spot here and play with the players I'm playing with right now and help the team to win games." - Zadina
Quotable II: "He's playing with a ton of confidence, which is great to see. He's got a great opportunity to come in and play, he's been dangerous on the power play, he's carrying the puck through the neutral zone, he's making plays. He's a guy that we want the puck on his stick, especially in the offensive zone. He can really shoot it and find the back of the net. It's great to see and hopefully he can continue to build off that." - Justin Abdelkader
Quotable III: "I thought Filip Zadina was probably our best forward tonight. Filip is fighting to stay here. Other guys have to have the attitude that they're fighting to stay here." - Blashill
3. Power play: After getting three power-play goals in their last two games, both wins, the Wings couldn't find that same success Sunday night against the Kings. Just 44 seconds into the game, the Kings took a penalty for too many men on the ice. However, the Kings were the only ones to get a shot while the Wings had the man-advantage. Detroit had two more chances in the first period but only mustered one shot on each one. After the first, the Wings did not get another power-play opportunity.
Quotable: "Sometimes you gotta keep it simple and just try to get pucks to the net. You gotta continue, no matter if it's 5-on-4 or we're on the penalty kill, you gotta win battles all over the ice. Overall we didn't do a good enough job of that. As far as the power play goes, I think anytime if things don't go your way, you just want to try to get as many pucks to the front of the net as possible and try to outnumber the guys there. You can't rely on the power play every night, we gotta make sure that each and every one of us, when we get our chance, try to leave our shift with a little momentum." - Abdelkader
Quotable II: "We looked like a team that wasn't ready to play and that's ultimately on me. When you get a power play that quick, they had a too many men right away, so obviously miscue on their part, you get a power play and it's feeble. Now there were still chances on the power play. Mantha has a real one-timer, Nielsen's got a look back door. If you score on those you can change the game a little bit. We didn't score on those, so you got to grind through it and find ways to get your game going a little bit. You're going to have nights where it doesn't go your way and you just got to grind through it and get your game going. We just never got our game going. You give up easy goals, you got a bad change on the first one in the second period, first goal we go tape to tape to them, and then we got a bad chance the second goal and the third goal we just talked about the track situation that happened, the back-check situation that happened and it's in our net. You give away goals, it's hard to win." - Blashill