So, the Kings and the Red Wings have a decent history of playing games where the dominant team didn't win. Let's review, just so I can avoid talking about today's game for at least a bit longer...

Part 1: January 7, 2010. Jimmy Howard makes 51 saves before the Kings finally score, but Darren Helm scores with 17 seconds left and the Red Wings win 2-1.

Part 2: December 13, 2010. Jonathan Quick shuts out the Red Wings on NBC with 51 saves of his own. Los Angeles wins 5-0, in a game where the scoreline is, um, generous.

Part 3: March 9, 2012. Detroit takes ten minutes to get a shot and only puts 15 on net in the entire game. Naturally, they score on four of them, including the game-winner by Helm with a minute left. Joey MacDonald (yes, Joey MacDonald) outplays Jonathan Quick.

On the bright side? After Part 3, the Kings won six in a row, and didn't really slow down until Dustin Brown lifts the Cup at the Staples Center.

("Is it hard being this optimistic, Rover?" Yes. Yes it is.)

Part 4... today.

Jimmy Howard is dominant, and the Red Wings strike first on a classic Pavel Datsyuk dangle. The Wings score again when rookie scorer Damien Brunner beats Quick on the glove side after some further pressure by the Kings. Anze Kopitar scores on a rebound with 40 seconds left in the period to give Los Angeles a boost into the intermission. What follows is the Kings' most dominant period of the season.

In the tradition of the last few games, LA racks up the shots in the second period, throwing 23 shots at Howard. He allows nothing. That's also part of the tradition. Our power play looked tremendous today, but they couldn't score.