Postgame: Kings @ Red Wings – 2/10

Alright, having had time to relax (and take care of all the errands I should have been running during the game – thanks afternoon hockey), it’s time to take a quick look at the Wings’ 3-2 win over the Kings today.

Make no mistake, Jonathan Ericsson may have scored the game-winner but Jimmy Howard was the hero today. This is a game that, especially after the second period, the Red Wings had no right being in. If you’re outshot 23-9 in a single period and don’t allow a goal, that’s your goalie, not any kind of team defense.

And Howard finished the weekend with 68 saves on 71 shots in 25 hours. Damned impressive.

Also impressive, getting back to it, was Jonathan Ericsson’s goal and a handful of plays leading up to it. It would have been very easy to ride out the rest of the period and head to overtime. Great job to stay alive, gain the zone, and create pressure. And a hell of a shot by Ericsson.

From a highlight perspective, who doesn’t love those shots that just trickle through and seem to take forever to get across the goal line? Video editors salivating over that goal, I’m sure. Much line the Griffins’ video guys having fun with Brendan Smith‘s shootout goal in the Red & White Game. I may have been thinking about video editing a bit lately.

I spent a lot of time complaining during the game about the NBC announcers. I’ve got no patience for Eddie Olczyk and his double standard p*sses me off. It’s one thing to point out a missed call, it’s another to point out all the ones missed on a specific team, say that they always get away with interference, and remain silent when the exact same play is made by the other team. That said, I think the game was pretty evenly called. Just important to point out the difference in complaining about the announcer’s comments on penalties and complaining about the penalties themselves. Which is stupid, because I don’t get paid to comment on anything so I should be the one who gets to say whatever the hell he wants, not Olczyk.

Three consecutive wins in four days really turns things around for the Wings. They’re now 7-4-1 and sit fifth in the Western Conference. Maybe they’ve turned a corner? We’ll see. Big matchup with the Blues on Wednesday after a couple days rest.

Ericsson’s Late Goal Lifts Red Wings over Kings

Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson scored with just 4.5 seconds remaining on Sunday afternoon, giving the Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in a game that looked like it was heading to overtime.

Ericsson’s blast from above the top of the right faceoff circle found its way through traffic and squeaked between the pads of Kings netminder Jonathan Quick before sliding across the goal line.

Los Angeles’ Alec Martinez had seemingly forced overtime with 53 seconds remaining when he came out of the corner and knocked the loose rebound of a Kyle Clifford chance past Jimmy Howard to make it 2-2.

Howard kept the Wings in the game after they took a 2-1 lead out of the first period, making 45 saves on 47 shots in earning the win. In the scoreless second period alone, Howard stopped 23 shots. Quick, meanwhile, made 28 saves on 31 shots.

Pavel Datsyuk‘s power play goal at 5:44 of the first period opened the game’s scoring. Datsyuk took a pass from Henrik Zetterberg at the LA blue line and split the defense, racing in on Quick and lifting a shot into the top of the net.

Damien Brunner made it 2-0 with 2:32 left in the period off a pass from Zetterberg. Zetterberg gained the Kings zone and drew three defenders to him in the high slot before passing off to Brunner for a snapper from the right circle past Quick.

The Kings got on the board with just 41 seconds left in the first when Anze Kopitar banged home the rebound of a Rob Scuderi shot.

The Red Wings continued their special teams improvement from Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, holding the Kings off the scoreboard on three power play tries while scoring on one of their four attempts with the man-advantage.

Detroit is now off until Wednesday when they host the St. Louis Blues.