Fourth-liners Cory Emmerton and Drew Miller scored two goals apiece as the Detroit Red Wings showed off their depth in an 8-2 thrashing of the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
Niklas Kronwall added a goal and two assists and Danny Cleary set up three tallies for the Red Wings, who bounced back after squandering a lead in a 4-3 loss on Thursday. Detroit has averaged 5.4 goals over its last five games.
The Kings will reportedly welcome Darryl Sutter to the bench as their new coach next week to replace interim boss John Stevens. They have dropped six of seven and have failed to score more than two goals in 11 straight contests.
Miller opened a four-goal first period when he put away a rebound of Cleary’s wrister 1:45 into the game. Emmerton got credit for a tally 15 seconds later on a redirect and Kronwall had the highlight of the period, taking a drop off from Cleary and blasting a slap shot from the left circle.
That ended the night for Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who surrendered three goals on seven shots. Jonathan Bernier was not much better, yielding Emmerton’s second tally in the first and two each in the second and third as Detroit cruised.
Jimmy Howard made 26 saves for the Red Wings.