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October 13, 2002 - Kings hand Wings their first loss, 3-2
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Kings hand Wings their first loss, 3-2

October 13, 2002

Los Angeles, CA -- Jason Allison scored two goals as the Los Angeles Kings held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, at the Staples Center. Brad Chartrand also scored for the Kings, who opened a season with two straight wins for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign.

Brett Hull had a goal and an assist for the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings, who were dealt a loss after opening the season with a 6-3 win in San Jose on Thursday.

Felix Potvin made 27 saves for the Kings, who opened the season with a 4-1 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday. Curtis Joseph turned aside 23 shots in the loss.

Allison scored just 27 seconds into the game to give the Kings a 1-0 lead. Brendan Shanahan tried to clear the puck along the boards, but a funny bounce caused the puck to land on Allison's stick in the slot. He then simply wristed the puck over Joseph's stick for the goal.

Kris Draper tallied at 13:15 of the opening period to knot the score. Hull held the puck along the right boards and sent a nice pass across to Draper, who wristed the puck past Potvin from the left edge of the crease.

However, the Kings would score the last two goals of the period to take a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.

Brad Chartrand scored with 3:38 left to restore LA's lead. Ian Laperriere skated behind the net and fed a pass in the low slot to a wide open Chartrand, who one-timed the puck between Joseph's pads.
Allison's second goal gave the Kings a two-goal cushion with 52 seconds left in the opening stanza. Jaroslav Modry worked the point on the power play and ripped a slap shot at Joseph, who turned the puck away with his right pad. However, Allison collected the rebound in the left circle and wristed the puck inside the far post.

Hull scored at 5:56 of the third period to cut the lead to 3-2. Igor Larionov fed a pass to Hull, who beat Potvin with a one-timer from the right circle.

Allison's first goal was the 400th point of his career... Detroit will play in Anaheim on Sunday before opening its home schedule against Montreal next Thursday...The Kings were 1-for-8 on the power play, while Detroit was 1-for-6 with the man-advantage.