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Wings Skate To A 1-1 Tie With Kings


The Los Angeles Kings and the Detroit Red Wings relied on their defense as they tried to shake off a bit of rust following the Olympic break.

The Kings, playing against a team still awaiting the return of a few Olympians, scored on their first shot of the game but then couldn't score again, as Detroit goalie Chris Osgood stopped their remaining 16 shots.

Stephane Fiset had a solid night in the net himself, stopping 28 shots as the two teams skated to a 1-1 tie Wednesday night after the 17-day break.

"We've been off 16 or 17 days and it was tough, but we came out of it with a point," said Kings forward Glen Murray. "We're playing a good overall game and our defense is keeping us in every game."

Vladmir Tsyplakov scored for the Kings, who nearly scored on their second shot but only managed 15 more the whole game. Osgood had 16 saves to remain unbeaten in his last 29 overtime games.

Brent Gilchrist scored for the Red Wings, who have tied all 13 of their overtime games this season.

"It was a little bit like an exhibition game at the start; there were some mistakes made," said Detroit's Doug Brown. "Both teams got some outnumbered situations and chances, and that's uncharacteristic of both LA and Detroit. As the game went along we smartened up and got a little more consistent with our play."

Detroit was without Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan, who returned Monday from playing on Canada's Olympic team in Nagano, Japan. They were given a couple of extra days to recover from jet lag and will probably return for the Red Wings' next game Friday against Florida.

"It's not a question of whether they wanted to play," Detroit assistant coach Barry Smith said before the game. "We're just trying to look at the big picture. It's a big adjustment coming back."

"They're not at 100 percent and your biggest concern is injuries, because when you're not at 100 percent, you're more susceptible to getting hurt."

Defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, a member of Sweden's Olympic team, played against the Kings because he returned to Detroit two days before Yzerman and Shanahan.

Tsyplakov scored on the Kings' first shot, wristing the puck over Osgood's glove just 13 seconds into the game. Osgood was almost beaten on Los Angeles' second shot, too, when a center-ice drive from Jozef Stumpel dribbled through his legs and was loose in the crease before it was swept away by Detroit defenseman Bob Rouse.

The 1-0 lead stood through two periods despite Detroit's 19-8 shot advantage. The Kings also fended off three Red Wings power plays in the second period.

Detroit finally tied the game 3:50 into the third when a shot from Mathieu Dandenault ended up behind the Kings net. Doug Brown backhanded a pass to the crease, where Gilchrist flipped it past Fiset.

I do't know if (Brown) knew I was there," Gilchrist said. "He said he kind of sensed I was there. I just gave him a little yell. I was a little surprised that he made it that quick."

The teams were skating 4-on-4 midway through the third period when Los Angeles' Glen Murray missed an excellent scoring chance. He broke in alone on Osgood but fired a low shot the goalie was able to stop with his left pad. Fiset later made a fine glove save of Kirk Maltby's hard shot.

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