Red Wings Bounce Back for OT Win over Islanders

The Detroit Red Wings scored four-straight goals Tuesday night after allowing three in a row to open the game, coming from behind to defeat the New York Islanders in overtime.

Henrik Zetterberg gave Detroit the win with 2:03 remaining in the extra period, one-timing a pass from Nicklas Lidstrom past goalie Rick DiPietro. Lidstrom had gloved the puck out of the air and onto his stick while rushing into the zone to make the pass to Zetterberg.

Detroit's comeback started with a power play goal by Niklas Kronwall at 3:24 of the third, scored on a wrister from the top of the right circle.

Dan Cleary pulled the Red Wings to within one just 1:33 later, poking the puck into the open side of the net on a hard shot/pass from Lidstrom along the left wing boards.

With 9:48 remaining in regulation, Tomas Holmstrom tied things up, tipping a blast from the top of the left circle by Lidstrom wide of DiPietro with the Red Wings on a power play.

The Red Wings had waited until the third period to get on the board but the Islanders started early, with Mike Sillinger putting his own rebound past Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek just 22 seconds into the game.

Shawn Bates would extend the lead with a shorthanded goal at 7:44 of the second, scored on a two-on-one when Kronwall was caught out of position trying to keep the puck in the New York zone.

Jason Blake notched the Islanders' final goal of the night 3:53 later with a blast from the high slot that trickled through Hasek's pads and across the goal line.

The Red Wings benefitted from seven power plays on the night, scoring on two of them. The Islanders were held without a goal on two power play attempts.

Hasek stopped 16 of the 19 shots he faced while DiPietro made 31 saves on 35 shots against.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Friday night when they host the St. Louis Blues before returning to New York to visit the Rangers on Monday.

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Am I being unduly critical of Tomas, but is he just plain clumsy in front of the opposing net? He seems either slightly out of position or off balance more times than not. I realize its a busy place to be and the opposing D is physical with him, but I don't understand why he can't get in better position. Any comments? <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":lol:" border="0" alt="laugh.png" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/30/2007 at 8:10 PM


2nd period -- Shawn Bates, NYI -- short handed goal! Wings not in sync tonight. NYI aggressive play.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/30/2007 at 8:43 PM


It's one of those "you win some, you lose some" things. Shot from the point bounces off him: bad positioning. Shot from the point just misses him and hits the back of the net: great screen.

I don't know what I'm more worried about tonight, the Wings' defense completely falling to sh*t or their offense's inability to get going. They look like they didn't actually make the trip out.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/30/2007 at 8:58 PM


Like on Kronner's goal, Holmstrom is in front and it's a good screen. Had he been a few inches over, it's another blocked shot.

Glad to see the Wings' streak continue, lets see if they can make their winning streak extend, too.

And Cleary pulls the Wings within one!

It's tied up! <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":lol:" border="0" alt="laugh.png" />

Lidstrom with the PPG and another great screen by Homer.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/30/2007 at 9:35 PM


Holy hell, Zetterberg wins it! What a move by Lidstrom to keep control and make the pass.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/30/2007 at 10:01 PM


The more I watch the game-winner, the more it looks like Lidstrom closed his hand on the puck making that sweet move. Combined with the ridiculous number of power plays Detroit got (seven to the Fishsticks' two), it takes a little bit off the win.

But in the end, I'm not complaining. Colorado downed Nashville tonight so those are two important points, putting the Wings five points back of the Preds.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/30/2007 at 10:54 PM


Agree to all. Homer redeemed himself tonight! You're right about it being a matter of inches -- an inch or two either way -- makes a difference. Yeah I thought the Nick may have closed his hand on that one -- another game, another ref and who knows. I'll take it this time. Go WINGS ............ <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":P" border="0" alt="tongue.png" />

Even though Nick's hand play may have been a "freeby" his pass to Zetterberg was Tremendous! Did you see DiPietro afterwards .........?? Great PLAY. <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":Oo:" border="0" alt="Oo.gif" />

Come to think of it, Hank's game winner, was much like Guerin's goal the other night against Ozzie. Lidstrom's pass was better though as it was made in a way that really beat DiPietro for position. <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":lol:" border="0" alt="laugh.png" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/30/2007 at 11:10 PM


This game was a classic example of getting too comfortable with a lead. The Wings looked like crap and the "Fishsticks" looked decent until the Third period when Detroit busted out the smelling salts and all hell broke loose. After all the third is usually when we play our best hockey!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/31/2007 at 2:12 PM


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