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Red Wings Vs. Kings: Detroit Trails 2-1 At First Intermission

The Detroit Red Wings entered Friday night's home game against the Los Angeles Kings reeling from two straight losses. They would very much like to avoid a third. After one period of play, they find themselves trailing the Kings 2-1.

LA struck first. With Darren Helm serving two minutes for tripping, Jeff Carter put one in the back of the back of the net near the end of the Kings' man advantage. Carter was assisted by Anze Kopitar.

Seven minutes later, the Red Wings responded. Henrik Zetterberg picked up his 18th goal of the season on a 31-foot slapshot. He was assisted by Valtteri Filppula and Jiri Hudler.

Notched at one apiece, Brad Stuart made a bad turnover. Dustin Brown fed the puck to Justin Williams who scored with a long wrist shot to give the Kings a one-goal lead.

Detroit has made things easy for Jonathan Quick, putting just three shots on the Kings' goalie. Los Angeles has nine shots on goal in the first 20 minutes.

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