Ignoring the awesomeness of the H2H2 pre-game party and how fun it was to celebrate a win with everyone, that was a pretty awful game for the Wings. Two much-needed points but not a good game.
The team we saw in the final 5 minutes was not the same as the other 59. They were getting rebound chances, they were going to the net. That wasn’t happening for most of the game.
For most of the game, the Wings couldn’t gain the Edmonton zone. I overheard Chris Hollis call it dump and chase without the chase. Part of the reason for that is that they’d get tired out in their own zone, finally get possession, then dump it in so they could make a line change. No forecheck means they’re just giving the puck back.
There were some defensive turnovers (Ericsson) but for the most part the blue line was solid. Kronwall cannot hold the puck in at the opposition blue line, he’s just awful about it right now.
Howard had a pretty spectacular night but the one goal he allowed was beyond weak. If this was a loss, that gets held against him more. With a win it doesn’t matter.
I’ll get my photos from the pre-game warmups posted as soon as I can.
The Detroit Red Wings were held scoreless for 59 minutes of regulation on Friday night but broke the shutout in the game’s final minute and went on for an overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers.
Nicklas Lidstrom‘s shot from the point with 25 seconds remaining deflected past Devan Dubnyk to tie the game up and force overtime.
Pavel Datsyuk snapped a shot from the high slot past Dubnyk with 42 seconds left in the overtime period, giving the Red Wings the win.
Edmonton had opened the scoring in the first period, when Ryan Jones snapped a shot from the left wing boards under Jimmy Howard‘s pad 6:40 into the game.
The Red Wings thought they had tied things up in the final minute of the second period but a goal by Lidstrom was called back after it was ruled that Todd Bertuzzi knocked it in with his glove.
Detroit finished the night without a power play goal on six tries with the man advantage, including 1:25 of five-on-three. Edmonton was scoreless on four power play attempts.
Howard made 26 saves on 27 shots in earning the win. Dubnyk stopped 42 of 44 shots.
The Red Wings are back in action on Saturday when they visit the St. Louis Blues.
H2H2 is here so I’m kicking off today’s gameday thread before heading down to Hockeytown Cafe for the pre-game party.
As per John Keating via Twitter… Doug Janik, called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins after Brad Stuart missed practice yesterday, has already been sent back down as Stuart will be able to go tonight. Good news for a Detroit blueline that’s already missing Brian Rafalski (Khan says he’s aiming to return next Wednesday but would play now if it were the playoffs).
Jimmy Howard gets the start.
The Oilers are missing a bunch of their stars (Hall and Gagner are both out for the season) and sit last in the league, so they’ll be looking to play the spoiler tonight.
I’ll post updates as I can. More likely to post to Twitter (@detroithockey96) than here depending on network availability.