from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Andrew Copp lost the offensive-zone face-off, but Michael Rasmussen swooped in to corral the puck, took it to the net and got a few whacks at it before his teammate buried the rebound.
Copp’s goal 25 seconds into overtime Tuesday gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Little Caesars Arena, and Rasmussen’s play, on the winning goal and throughout the night, earned effusive praise from his coach.
“We rarely single out a guy for effort, especially the way we’re built because it literally feels every time we win it’s a complete team effort, but Ras tonight – and he was nicked up, you could tell he wasn’t 100 percent – he forechecked, he finished. Even the overtime goal, he jumps a San Jose face-off win and ends up getting three jabs at it before it ends up on Copp’s stick for the open-netter. What an effort for him.”
Rasmussen scored his eighth goal of the season to give his team a 2-1 lead at 16:29 of the second and shortly after was shaken up during a collision with Jaycob Megna. Rasmussen labored to get to the bench and was clearly in pain while being attended to by trainer Piet Van Zant.
But he didn’t miss any shifts and delivered in overtime, which hasn’t been kind to the Red Wings (3-5).
“I think we just won a battle, were hard in the net front and one went in,” Rasmussen said. “Just found a way. That’s all.”
Below find Bob Duff on why the Wings need to keep winning, post game interviews and extended game highlights.