Wings frustrated by local goaltending product Campbell
Kings’ Jack Campbell clears the puck as Detroit's Luke Glendening closes in during the first period on Sunday.
Port Huron native Jack Campbell foiled the Red Wings on Sunday night.
Campbell made 36 saves as the Los Angeles Kings defeated Detroit (0-1-1) 4-2 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Campbell, 26, who is also a Little Caesars alum, is the Kings’ backup goaltender and got the start because Jonathan Quick suffered a groin injury on Saturday at practice and was placed on injured reserve. It was the eighth NHL game for Campbell, who also played at the National Team Development Program and for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.
Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin scored power-play goals for the Wings. Rookie defenseman Dennis Cholowski assisted on both goals.
Goaltender Jonathan Bernier, who was signed as a free agent on July 1, stopped 21 shots in his first game for Detroit. Bernier began his career with the Kings.
“I thought we competed, we worked, but we’ve got to find a way to put the puck in the net,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill told FOX Sport Detroit’s Trevor Thompson after the game.
Larkin’s power-play goal brought the Wings to within 3-2 with four minutes left in regulation. He put in a shot from near the inside edge of the right circle. It was Larkin’s first goal of the season.
But Alex Iafallo got an empty-net tally, his second goal of the game, with 20 seconds left to clinch it for Los Angeles. Ilya Kovalchuk and Tyler Toffoli each had two assists.
The Kings led 2-1 going into the third period after defenseman Paul LaDue’s goal with 3:46 left in the second period broke a 1-1 tie. LaDue’s shot from below the right circle got through Bernier.
Iafollo made it 3-1, 9:15 into the third period, when he scored after a turnover caused by a miscommunication between Bernier and defenseman Libor Sulak behind the Detroit net.
Mantha’s power-play goal 8:45 into the second tied the game 1-1. Mantha attempted to make a pass from the right circle but was deflected and the puck eluded Campbell. It was Mantha’s first goal of 2018-19.
Anze Kopitar gave the Kings a 1-0 lead 4:21 into the second period with his second goal of the season.
Red Wings defensemen Trevor Daley left the game in the first period after taking a knee to the head. That left Detroit with five defensemen: Dan DeKeyser, Cholowski, Filip Hronek, Sulak and Nic Jensen.
Blashill said Daley will miss Monday night’s game at the Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m.). Daley joins Jonathan Ericsson (upper body), Niklas Kronwall (unknown) and Mike Green (illness) as veteran Detroit defensemen on the sidelines.
After Hronek received a minor penalty and 10-minute misconduct during a scrum with a little under 15 minutes left, Detroit was down to four defensemen for the next 12 minutes, most of the remainder of the game.
Jensen replaced Joe Hicketts in the lineup from Thursday night’s season opener.