One night after Brian Rafalski scored with 0.2 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime against the Edmonton Oilers, Henrik Zetterberg scored with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
In the closing seconds of the extra period, Henrik Zetterberg cut from the left wing boards to the slot. He backhanded a shot over Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo‘s glove to give the Red Wings the win before time expired.
With 7:26 left in the second period, Todd Bertuzzi crashed the net and knocked home a loose puck in a scramble. Brad Stuart had originally thrown the puck on net and Valtteri Filppula had a rebound chance, leading to Luongo being out of position on Bertuzzi’s opportunity.
Datsyuk got possession of the puck on the ensuing faceoff and jumped across the blue line, whipping a shot past Luongo’s stick to tie the game.
Filppula gave the Red Wings the lead later in the period, scoring on a shorthanded breakaway with 2:21 left.
With 6:22 left in the first, Shane O’Brien made it 2-0 when his shot from above the left faceoff circle sailed through a heavy screen to beat Howard.
After the Red Wings rallied to take the lead, Daniel Sedin tied things back up at 4:40 of the third. Zetterberg deflected Kevin Bieksa’s shot from the blue line but the puck fluttered to Sedin at the side of the net. Sedin gloved it down, nearly throwing it into the net but getting his stick on it just before it crossed the goal line to make it a legal goal.
Neither team scored a power play goal on the night, with Filppula’s shorthanded tally the only special teams goal of the game. Each team had two tries with the extra attacker.
Howard made 29 saves on 32 shots while Luongo stopped 50 of 54 Detroit chances.
The Red Wings were without Patrick Eaves (head) and Dan Cleary (groin). With no cap room to call up replacements, defenseman Derek Meech played at forward while Brett Lebda was dressed but did not play.