The Detroit Red Wings finished off their three-game road trip through western Canada on Saturday night with a 4-3 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks. In the second night of back-to-back games, the Wings rallied from a 2-0 deficit, peppering Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo with 54 shots on goal, and went into overtime for a consecutive night. Henrik Zetterberg’s backhand shot with 0.3 seconds left in overtime gave Detroit a crucial victory. With the win, Detroit earned five of a possible six points in the three-game trip and kept them two points ahead of Calgary as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference standings.
The DRW bloggers react to the much-needed win: DetroitHockey.net, Eight Legged Freaks, Fight Night at the Joe, Hockeytown USA, Octopus Thrower, Red Wings Blog, Red, White, & Black-n-Blue, Unconnected Red Wings Blog, Winging It In Motown, and Word on a Wing.
After being down 2-0 early in the first period, a goal from defenseman Brian Rafalski with 0.02 seconds remaining in the game forced overtime and gave Detroit a much-needed point in the standings. The Wings ultimately fell to Edmonton in a shootout, 3-2, which has been a struggle for the Wings all season as noted by The Detroit News and MLive.com.
Forward Patrick Eaves scored Detroit’s first goal of the game, but later suffered an injury to his head and did not return in the third period as a precautionary measure.
The DRW bloggers comment on the shootout loss: DetroitHockey.net, Fight Night at the Joe, Hockeytown Static, Hockeytown USA, Motown Wings, Red Wings Blog, Red, White & Black-n-Blue, The Production Line, The Triple Deke, Unconnected Red Wings Blog, and Winging It In Motown.
In Other News
- Captain Nick Lidstrom logged his 1,400th career regular-season game on Friday night against Edmonton, becoming the 31st NHL player to reach that many games played. The Detroit News notes that Lidstrom has not made a decision yet about his future with the Wings.
- The Detroit Free Press writes that goaltender Chris Osgood has embraced his role as mentor to rookie Jimmy Howard.
- MLive.com spoke with some Red Wings’ players and GM Ken Holland about the hits to the head concerns that have been cropping up this year.
- The Detroit Free Press discusses the Drew Miller-Todd Bertuzzi-Jason Williams line, including a compliment from head coach Mike Babcock.
- Former Wing Mikael Samuelsson had a career year with 30 goals after signing with Vancouver this past summer according to The Detroit News.
- Snapshot informs its readers that the NHL’s playoff slogan this year will be “History Will Be Made” and has the first two commercials.
- Eight Legged Freaks takes another look at the jerseys in the rafters of Joe Louis Arena debate.
- Two Red Wings’ college prospects, Gustav Nyquist (Maine) and Brendan Smith (Wisconsin), were tabbed as finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. The winner will be announced on April 9 during the Frozen Four festivities at Ford Field.