The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, stretching their losing streak to six games.
Goaltender Ty Conklin, recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins with both Jimmy Howard and Joey MacDonald injured, stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced in the effort.
Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan gave his team the win at 2:42 of the overtime period. Brandon Dubinsky gained the Detroit zone and passed off to Michael Del Zotto on the left wing, who sent it back across to Callahan all alone in the high slot for a shot past Conklin.
Detroit had opened the game’s scoring just 3:36 into the first period. Henrik Zetterberg‘s wrister from the top of the right faceoff circle found it’s way through a screen and past New York netminder Henik Lundqvist.
Brad Richards responded for the Rangers with 5:02 left in the opening period and Detroit down a man. The Red Wings’ left a lane up the middle of the ice open and Richards carried the puck end-to-end before skating around Niklas Kronwall and beating Conklin from in close.
It was the only power play goal of the game, with the Rangers having three tries with the extra attacker and Detroit having one.
Lundqvist finished the night with 26 saves on 27 shots against.
The Red Wings look to snap their skid on Saturday night when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.
In addition to Howard and MacDonald, Detroit was without Johan Franzen
, Darren Helm
, Patrick Eaves
, Jonathan Ericsson
, Jakub Kindl
and Nicklas Lidstrom
I’m not going to complain about this one.
Call it effort, call it interest, whatever. The Wings looked invested in tonight’s 2-1 OT loss to the New York Rangers, and I’ll take it, ’cause that’s a hell of a lot more than they’ve done in the previous five games of their current losing streak.
The Red Wings made fewer mistakes in their own zone (more on that in a second) and kept up more pressure in the New York end than we’ve seen of late.
Ty Conklin, back in Detroit when no one thought he’d wear the Winged Wheel again, was rock solid in the start. Another loss won’t look good on his record but stopping 32 of 34 shots will.
That said, the Rangers were able to take advantage of blown defensive coverage twice and it was all they needed to get the win.
Brad Richards‘ first-period power play goal saw the Wings give him the entire neutral zone, right up the middle. I realize it was a PK but you can’t give that much space to a player like him. End-to-end rush turns into a goal.
On the game-winner, Pavel Datsyuk inexplicably left his man (Del Zotto) at the blue line to cut towards Dubinsky, who Niklas Kronwall already had. This left Del Zotto open to take the pass starting the play. Kronwall moved over to block his shooting lane and Stuart dropped alongside Dubinsky, leaving Callahan open for the pass from Del Zotto and the shot past Conklin. No idea why Pavs left Del Zotto, nor why Stuart left Callahan. Stick to your man and that play doesn’t happen.
Open Game Thread
Detroit Red Wings at New York Rangers
March 21, 2012 – 7:30 PM