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by George Malik on 01/18/14 at 11:15 PM ET
I said after the last game that I didn't know how ot describe what transpired between the New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, but by damn luck, the Red Wings' 3-2 shootout win over Los Angeles...
Was utterly bizarre.
After a scoreles and grab-y and grope-y first period, the Kings scored the game's first goal, surrendered the game-tying goal 41 seconds later, and were stupid enough to do this...
As noted by the Sporting News's Tom Galo...
And after Niklas Kronwall took a stupid penalty late in the third period, yielding Jeff Carter's 2-1 goal, Kronwall got some help from Dan O'Frickin Halloran and the fact that goals scored off the netting aren't reviewable to tie the game with 27 seconds remaining...
(the Sporting News's Sean Gentile has some good angles of the play, too)
And yes, yes indeed, the Wings carried the shootout, with Tomas Tatar scoring, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Jurco whiffing, Howard stopping Anze Kopitar's 5-hole jam, Jeff Carter whiffing and Howard stopping Mike Richards when necessary.
Did the Wings "deserve" to win this game? *#$%@& if I know, but they won it, and the Kings may have ensured that it would end this way because they woke a team of plucky youngsters and cagey vets that had been sleepwalking their way through a stretch of severely undermanned games, wondering whether they could finally get it together once some of their legions of injured players return...
And instead, because the Kings got in the Wings' faces, this team decided to do its best to win--and got some necessary help along the way to what may be a season-changing 2 points when we look back at this game two months from now.
Zetterberg tying the game wasn't nearly as monumental, but he sure helped pop the roof off the Joe...
Shots 35-32 Detroit overall. Detroit and LA were tied 8-8 in shots in the 1st, LA out-shot Detroit 16-9 in the 2nd and the Wings out-shot LA 13-8 in the 3rd and 5-0 in OT.
Special teams: the Kings went 2-for-4 in 5:17 of PP time and the Wings went 1-for-3 in 4:53 of PP time.
Goaltending: Jimmy Howard stopped 30 of 32; Jonathan Quick stopped 33 of 35.
The 3 stars were picked by the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, and he picked Jimmy Howard, Slava Voynov and Henrik Zetterberg.
The Wings' goals: Zetterberg (15) from Nyquist (6) and Smith (10) at 9:47 of the 2nd;
Kronwall (5) from Zetterberg 923) and Eaves (1) at 19:33 of the 3rd, PPG.
Faceoffs 45-23 Detroit (Detroit won 66%);
Blocked shots 17-12 LA;
Missed shots 15-7 Detroit (total attempts 67-51 Detroit, with Detroit firing 35 shots on net and 32 wide/blocked);
Hits 37-32 LA;
Giveaways 4-3 Detroit;
Takeaways 5-4 LA.
That's what you want for a team that's got the Blues and Blackhawks to tangle with--probably with its roster as-is--on Monday and Wednesday. A team fired up, physical and emotional instead of worrying about what it's going to look like when it finally gets Datsyuk and Franzen and Alfredsson back.
Update: From the NHL:
At 19:33 of the third period in the Kings/Red Wings game, the puck crossed the Los Angeles goal line and, following a discussion between the four on-ice officials, the referees awarded a goal to Detroit. Video of the play appears to show the puck hitting the protective mesh above the glass before deflecting off goaltender Jonathan Quick and into the Los Angeles net. While the Situation Room examined the video, this is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands.
Update # whatever: Via RedWingsFeed, Tomas Tatar spoke to the NHL Network after the game...
And the Wings posted clips of Jimmy Howard...
And Mike Babcock speaking with the media:
One last update: The Windsor Star's Duff posted a clip of Niklas Kronwall speaking with the media as well as some quips from the Kings:
“That’s embarrassing for the league,” Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter said. “It doesn’t matter if we would’ve scored it or they scored it. That’s embarrassing.
“They could see the puck when (Los Angeles forward) Dwight King covered it with his hand (for the third period penalty that led to Kronwall’s goal), but they couldn’t see it when it went over the barn and came back in.”
Sutter declined to speculate on whether the missed call would lead to a rule change allowing such plays to be reviewed.
“You’d have to talk to one of them stewards of the game,” Sutter said.
I will say this: Wyshynski's angry missive about the incident is amusing.
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