The Detroit Red Wings attempted to hand the New York Rangers their seventh straight loss on Jean Ratelle’s jersey retirement night.
The Wings played two really good periods, they were awful in the 3rd period–playing their 2nd game in 2 nights, 3rd in 4 and 10th in 17 evenings and afternoons–but the Wings persisted, with Jimmy Howard stopping 36 of 38 shots and the Wings winning 3-2 on a goal from Trevor Daley scored with only 5.6 seconds remaining in OT.
— NHL (@NHL) February 26, 2018
Detroit won’t make the playoffs, but they’re only 5 points out of a spot right now, and the Wings played a fantastic rope-a-dope game despite being out-shot 19-11 in the 3rd period.
The Rangers’ lineup wasn’t known until just before game time, though CBS New York’s Sean Hartnett got an advanced copy of the Rangers’ probable lineup:
— Sean Hartnett (@HartnettHockey) February 25, 2018
Warm-ups provided no clarification:
I think Ryan Spooner is doing line rushes with Kevin Hayes and Jesper Fast, but they’re all wearing Jean Ratelle’s jersey and I’m up in the press box.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) February 26, 2018
The Red Wings offered an estimated lineup about 90 minutes before puck drop:
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 25, 2018
The Rangers started Jimmy Vesey, J.T. Miller and Mats Zuccarello at forward, Neal Pionk and Marc Staal on defense and Henrik Lundqvist in goal;
The Red Wings started David Booth, Luke Glendening and Tyler Bertuzzi at forward, Jonathan Ericsson and Trevor Daley on defense and Jimmy Howard in goal.
The Red Wings started
Trevor Hanson and Chris Rooney refereed the game, with Brandon Gawryletz and Darren Gibbs working the lines.
The 1st period
1st period observations:
- Glendening drew in vs. Miller and lost the draw, so Pionk chipped, the Rangers chased, and Miller worked the puck to the point, where Pionk blasted a heavy shot in on Howard. He stopped the puck, but the Rangers re-set, Staal fired another slapper, tipped wide…
- Booth was able to skate out to center, and Detroit changed 43 seconds into the 1st period, with Helm, Nielsen and Abdelkader pouring over the boards.
- DeKeyser and Jensen moved the puck to center and Nielsen made a steal that went through the slot…
- But Nick Jensen whiffed on the puck at the blueline, and Pavel Buchnevich passed the puck to Chris Kreider on a 2-on-1…
- AND HOWARD MADE A TREMENDOUS STOP.
JIM-MY HOW-ARD! 👏🏻👏🏻, 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻pic.twitter.com/lotMTo9ziM
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 26, 2018
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— NHL (@NHL) February 26, 2018
- At 1:27, the Wings iced the puck but won the deep defensive zone draw, and Zetterberg, Mantha and Nyquist worked the puck into the Rangers’ zone, surrendered a rush against, and Howard gobbled up a flipper from behind the net to the slot.
- Larkin drew in for the deep defensive zone faceoff at 1:52, and he won the draw, Detroit pushed the puck up to Athanasiou, and he cycled…Ericsson set up at center as the Wings rotated all their defensive pairs, and Larkin chugged up 3-on-2 and fired the Wings’ first shot on Lundqvist.
- It was pretty, but Lundqvist made a big stop with his right knee.
- Detroit rotated its fourth line back into play some 3:35 into the 1st, and Booth raced into the zone, fired a shot wide, and Detroit had to re-set at center ice.
- 3 minutes into the 1st, Detroit was battling hard but the Rangers were skating with speed and determination, and Howard made a second big stop as NYR chased down another 3-on-2.
- The Wings responded with a long point shot from DeKeyser via Helm, and Lundqvist stopped the puck.
- 4 minutes into the 1st period, Lundqvist sent the puck to Pionk, Staal worked the puck into the Wings’ zone, and Mantha dropped the puck to Nyquist, he found Zetterberg, and Pionk made a huge block…
- Daley fired a slapper toward the net, but Zibanejad made a big block…
- And the Rangers iced the puck at 4:32.
- The Rangers managed to delay play on the icing, so the Wings both lost the faceoff in the offensive zone and afforded New York a deep push into the offensive zone, as well as a bad turnover by Larkin.
- Kreider cycled, the Rangers worked the puck to the point, and Kevin Hayes took the rebound of the point shot and was stopped…
- Tatar got held up trying to skate up on a breakaway, no call…
- And Larkin swiped a slot puck and fired it into Lundqvist.
- 6 minutes into the first period, the Wings and Rangers were trading chances, and DeKeyser fed Mantha, but his big boomer went off the heel of his stick wide.
- Zetterberg then set up Mantha for a rush into the offensive zone, but the Rangers’ defense poked the puck away, and Zuccarello ran a Wing and Ouellet bumped Zuccarello, but was pushed into the Wings’ bench.
- The Red Wings then charged up into the Rangers’ zone and Mantha just sent a puck wide of the net.
- 7:30 into the 1st, Nielsen, Helm and Abdelkader surrendered a rush to Vesey, but Ericsson and Daley covered up, Detroit battled the puck down low, DeKeyser fired a heavy shot into the Rangers’ zone on a dump-in and it was tipped into the crowd.
- The first TV timeout hit at 7:51.
- At 7:51, the Wings were out-shooting New York 4-3 and out-attempting New York 9-6; hits 2-2; giveaways 2-1 Detroit, takeaways 3-0 Detroit; blocked shots 4-1 New York; faceoffs 4-2 Detroit (67%).
- As play resumed, the Wings bumped each other, with Athanasiou and Tatar running into each other at center ice. They were OK.
- The Wings’ fourth line took to the ice 8:30 into the 1st and DeKeyser sent a slithery shot just wide of Lundqvist…
- New York was having a harder and harder time possessing the puck as the Wings skated better and better…
- Ouellet and Kronwall were honestly a good pairing on defense, too.
- Zetterberg stole the puck from Staal and Nyquist had to be stopped TWICE in the slot.
- Howard then made a fine stop on a long slapper, and the 10-minute mark hit with Detroit cycling deep in the Rangers’ zone as the Nielsen line took over.
- Larkin, Tatar and Helm returned vs. the Zuccarello line, and Jensen facilitated a 4-vs-3 rush…
- The Rangers raced up the other way, and Chris Kreider hit the goalpost once and hit Howard the second time.
- At 11:24, shots were 7-5 Detroit, attempts 14-11 Detroit; hits 3-2 Detroit; giveaways 3-3, takeaways 3-0 Detroit; blocked shots 5-1 NYR; faceoffs 5-5 (50%).
- When play resumed, the Red Wings pushed the puck into the Rangers’ zone, where Ericsson boomed a slapper wide, Tatar, Abdelkader and Nielsen worked the puck to the point and Ericsson’s shot attempt was blocked by the Rags.
- Glendening, Bertuzzi and Booth then worked the puck to Ouellet, and he clanged a slapper off the post, off a tip.
At 12:05, David Desharnais was called for holding, so the Wings went to the power play.
- Detroit set up, winning the opening faceoff, and Mantha’s screen = Tatar good scoring chance. The Wings continued to work the perimeter, but Zetterberg coughed up the puck going to Kronwall, and Skjei’s shot was blocked wide of Howard.
- The Wings then afforded the Rangers an icing (no icing on the PP, of course) and Larkin, Bertuzzi, Abdelkader, Athanasiou and Daley…
Took a penalty. Larkin for slashing, and it was a bad call at 13:05.
- Howard held the post as the Rangers set up off the hop on the 4-on-4, and Nielsen, Athanasiou, DeKeyser and Jensen set up in the offensive zone, with Daley ripping a rifle of a slap shot wide of the Rangers’ net.
- Zetterberg and Nyquist hopped over the boards to help Ericsson and Daley, and the Rangers got a couple chances on Howard, but he made big stops.
- On the PK, Nyquist cleared, Zuccarello tried to put the puck back to the point, and the Wings almost cleared…
- Instead, Kreider could not settle down a Zuccarello pass into an open net.
- The Wings got REALLY lucky there.
- Detroit battled the puck out of trouble as Abdelkader and Glendening drew in, and the Rangers skated in with the PP over…
- Howard made a massive stop on Hayes, and then a BETTER STOP on Hayes.
- At 15:16, Detroit was out-shot 10-8 but out-attempted New York 20-19; hits were 4-2 Detroit; giveaways 5-5, takeaways 3-0 Detroit; blocked shots 7-3 Rangers; faceoffs 8-7 Rangers (47%).
- When play resumed, Abdelkader drew in for Nielsen, he lost the draw, and Howard had to make a kick save as the Wings cleared the puck.
- Nielsen then clanged a shot off the shaft of Lundqvist’s stick and into the crowd.
- At 15:32, Detroit drew in for an offensive zone draw, lost the puck, and New York out-muscled Larkin, Kronwall and Tatar; Athanasiou lost his stick, and the Rangers’ Miller, Zuccarello and Vesey ground out the puck down low.
- Thankfully, they whiffed a pass to their defensemen, and Detroit was able to change and chip and chase.
- Sort of.
- Helm, Abdelkader and Nielsen took over vs. Kreider and company, Zibanejad and Buchnevich were unable to push the puck in deep, and Detroit at least shadowed a Rangers team that had taken over control of the puck and control of the pace of play.
- New York worked the puck into the Wings’ zone, Hayes and Fast battled Zetterberg, Mantha and Nyquist, and the Wings had to re-set at center, with Ouellet leading the rush. He fired a shot wide, Nyquist fired a shot wide, and New York dumped and changed.
- With 1:50 remaining in the 1st, Howard stopped a shot by Carey, the Wings re-set, and Bertuzzi, Glendening and Booth set up, surrendered a rush against, and Glendening gloved the rebound of a Howard stop JUST wide of the net.
- With 1 minute remaining in the 1st period, the Wings surrendered another rush, with Zuccarello feeding Miller. Miller set up down low, he cycled with Vesey as Jensen was hacked down and hacked into, and the Wings chipped the puck out of trouble, with Athanasiou scoring.
Nick Jensen chipped the puck out of trouble, Athanasiou raced up the right wing and he fired a sneaky shot through the Rangers defenseman’s legs and through Lundqvist’s as well, scoring with 6 seconds remaining in the 1st period.
The 1st period in summary: The Wings got a little lucky as Jimmy Howard was tremendous, stopping 13 Rangers shots, and after an up-and-down period in which the Wings dominated early and the Rangers dominated late, Athanasiou scored a sneaky goal to make it 1-0.
Statistically, Detroit was out-shot 13-11 and the attempts were 24-24; hits 6-5 Detroit; giveaways 6-6, takeaways 3-0 Detroit (possession changes 9-6 Detroit); blocked shots 7-4 New York; faceoffs 10-9 New York (47% for Detroit).
Individually, Larkin led the Wings with 3 shots, and Ouellet had 2; Kronwall and Ouellet had 2 hit; Nyquist had 2 giveaways; Zetterberg, Nielsen and Ericsson had takeaways; Tatar, Glendening, Nielsen and Daley blocked shots; Zetterberg’s 2-and-1 (67%) led the Wings in the faceoff circle; Detroit was +5; Jensen played 7:49, DeKeyser 7:26, Daley 7:12, Athanasiou 6:16, Ericsson 6:10, Larkin 5:55, Tatar 5:22.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 26, 2018
FSD had the scoring chances at 8-7 NYR on their 13-11 shot advantage.
The 2nd period
2nd period observations:
- Glendening won the opening faceoff, Bertuzzi skated into the Rangers’ zone and Bertuzzi flicked a sneaky slapper off a Ranger and wide of the net.
- 10 seconds into the 2nd, Booth drew in for the deep offensive zone faceoff, and he lost it, but the Rangers then iced the puck, affording the Wings another offensive zone faceoff.
- Which they lost.
- Zuccarello centered the puck for Miller in the Wings’ zone, Miller tipped the puck wide, and then pursued the rebound in the corner, centering the puck and forcing Howard to cover up.
- 40 seconds into the 2nd, Detroit won a deep defensive zone draw but could not penetrate the Rangers’ defense, so the Wings re-set, Abdelkader found Nielsen, he fired a shot on Lundqvist, who made one kick save, then another on Helm, and Detroit re-entered the Rangers’ zone, Helm and Abdelkader nearly connected for a goal…
- And, with Zetterberg on the ice, Nyquist fired a sneaky shot in on Lundqvist, who made a big stop.
- 2 minutes into the 2nd, Ouellet carried the puck to center, Nyquist raced into the Rangers’ zone, and he backhanded a pass off a Rangers defenseman, so the Wings had to muck and grind the puck down low. Nyquist’s centering pass was cleared by the Rangers, and both teams changed personnel.
- Howard made a couple of big stops on Lettieri as the fourth line played the fourth line, and Kronwall found Bertuzzi, he slid a wrister into Lundqvist, and he was stopped.
- Tatar stole the puck, fired it wide of Lundqvist, and Larkin tried to hammer the rebound into the Rangers’ goalie, but he missed.
- Larkin stole the puck, got Athanasiou the puck, and A fired a high hard wrist shot into Lundqvist.
- The Rangers then iced the puck, affording Detroit a change.
- The Wings were out-shooting the Rangers 6-1 only 3:58 into the 2nd.
- The Nielsen line took over, lost the offensive zone faceoff they needed to win, and Howard stopped a J.T. Miller poke check…
And Helm stole the puck from John Gilmour at the Wings’ blueline, Helm raced in past Zuccarello and fired a snapper through Lundqvist to make it 2-0 Red Wings.
Helm turns a Ranger mistake into a Red Wing goal. #ICYMI
Wings up 2-1 after two in New York.pic.twitter.com/XVL4ebz759
— FOX Sports Detroit (@FOXSportsDet) February 26, 2018
- On the post-goal shift, Mantha, Zetterberg and Nyquist got hemmed into their own zone, DeKeyser and Jensen tried to help the Wings clear the zone, and they did, and the Wings swiped a puck down low as Zetterberg, Mantha and Nyquist ground the puck outdown low, but Ouellet’s point shot was blocked out of play.
- 5:35 into the 2nd, the shots were 8-2 Detroit.
- New York won a deep faceoff from the Red Wings, Jimmy Hayes raced into the Wings’ zone, New York ground the puck out down low…
And David Booth took a penalty at 5:55, called for tripping.
- Glendening won the opening faceoff, but the Rangers held the puck in, Buchnevich and Zuccarello cycled the puck, New York pushed it deeper, Zuccarello sent a centering pass to Buchnevich which was sent wide, and the Wings cleared the zone.
- The Rangers carried the puck back into the offensive zone, and Howard watched Chris Kreider take a shot off the left leg.
- New York attacked again but went offside with 48 seconds remaining on the PK.
- Detroit won the faceoff at their blueline, they cleared the zone, and New York set up, skated into the Wings’ zone, and…
The Rangers afforded J.T. Miller a ramp with which to skate into a slap shot via a pass from the Rangers’ D, and Howard was beaten cleanly.
On the post-goal shift…
Larkin raced into the Rangers zone, put a puck off Lundqvist, and with Athanasiou in the crease and Lundqvist dropping his goal stick, Tatar jammed the rebound in to make it 3-1.
However, the Rangers challenged as the play may have been offside, and the goal was called back because Athanasiou preceded Larkin into the offensive zone.
- The post-non-goal shift yielded a Rangers icing call, Zetterberg drew in for an offensive zone faceoff, and Zetterberg got his once-a-game tossing from the draw, yielding Mantha losing a faceoff and the Rangers attacking the Wings’ zone.
- Detroit managed to clear their zone, re-set, and dump and chase, but the Rangers began to dominate possession and control of the puck, and they were winning all the one-on-one battles.
- At 9:11, Nick Jensen raced to center, skated serpentine, helped AA gain the offensive blueline legally, and Larkin, Tatar, and then Jenesn worked the puck back to the blueline, where Jensen blasted a shot into Lundqvist.
- Detroit persisted, Larkin found Tatar, and he sent a slot shot wide of the net.
- Detroit continued to cycle as the 10-minute mark passed, Detroit re-set at center, and Larkin fed the puck to the slot, where Zuccarello was lurking. He fired a long shot in on Howard, triggering a TV timeout at 10:20.
- At 10:20, Detroit was out-shooting New York 9-3 in the 2nd and 20-16 overall; attempts were 36-32 Detroit; hits 8-6 NYR; giveaways 10-7 NYR; takeaways 6-1 Detroit; blocked shots 8-6 NYR; faceoffs 18-13 NYR (42%).
- As play resumed, the Red Wings surrendered a 3-on-3 rush, and Howard made another sharp glove save as the Rangers appeared to be taking over the game.
- With 9:24 remaining in the 2nd, Booth won a defensive zone draw, but the Rangers swiped the puck, Skjei sent the puck wide, Carey and Gilmour worked the puck down low, and SOMEHOW the puck stayed out of the net as Carey fanned on the shot.
- Detroit then skated into the Rangers’ zone, cycled and mashed the puck along the wall, and Bertuzzi, Glendening, Ouellet, Booth and Kronwall worked the puck in deep, coughed up the puck, and gave up a rush to Carey, who got another great shot on Howard, who made a stop with a big rebound.
- Larkin battled O’Gara and could not win the puck, New York won yet another battle and Howard made a big stop, Fast cycled with Spooner, and the Rangers got called for a penalty.
Fast was called for charging–something never called any more–at 12:32 of the 2nd.
- At 12:32 of the 2nd, Detroit was out-shooting New York 8-5 in the 2nd and 19-18 overall; attempts 37-33 NYR; hits 10-6 NYR; giveaways 10-9 NYR; takeaways 5-1 Detroit; blocked shots 11-8 Detroit; faceoffs 16-15 NYR (48%).
- New York won the opening PP faceoff and cleared the puck down ice, with Bertuzzi taking over at the Wings’ line.
- Larkin, Abdelkader, Bertuzzi, Daley and Athanasiou set up, cycled along the perimeter, Abdelkader ground the puck out for Larkin, he and Daley and Athanasiou cycled, AA got hacked on the hand and that allowed Carey to clear the zone.
- With 1:02 remaining in the PP, the Wings executed the Kronwall drop pass at center, and Gustav Nyquist went offside trying to penetrate the Rangers’ zone.
- So, with 51 seconds remaining on the Pp, Zetterberg won a blueline draw to Kronwall, the Wings dropped the puck to Nyquist, he entered the zone on side…
- And Detroit worked the perimeter, with Tatar, Kronwall, Zetterberg and Nyquist cycling. Lundqvist stopped a Kronwall shot, Tatar fumbled a pass, Zetterberg was tripped, sans call…
- Nyquist raced in as the PP expired, Mantha sent a shot in, Zetterberg’s rebound was stopped and batted out of the air, and the Rangers cleared the puck out of play sans penalty in their defensive zone.
- 14:44 into the 2nd, Detroit was out-shooting New York 9-5 and 20-18 overall; attempts 39-34 New York; hits 12-6 New York; giveaways 10-10; takeaways 5-1 Detroit; blocked shots 11-8 Detroit; faceoffs 17-16 Detroit (52%).
- When play resumed, Nielsen won a draw to DeKeyser, he and Jensen were unable to hold the puck in, and Jensen coughed the puck up, and Nielsen was about to skate up the ice on a breakaway, but he was HAMMERED by a Rangers player.
John Gilmour sat at 15:15 for interference.
- The Rangers won the initial deep defensive zone faceoff, and Kronwall set up behind the Wings’ net…
- And play was blown dead, Detroit won the center ice faceoff, and Kronwall sent the puck deep, with Lundqvist holding the puck.
- The Wings then blew the offensive zone faceoff, Daley chugged up the gut and sent the puck to Bertuzzi, Detroit tried to cycle, and Abdelkader elbowed a Ranger in the face sans call.
- So the Wings set up again, Larkin chugged up and in, gave the puck up, and Detroit was offside.
- With 48 seconds remaining in the PP, the Wings hadn’t done much of anything.
- The Wings lost the offensive blueline faceoff, set up with Kronwall on defense, Nyquist made an ice move to get away from Hayes, Zetterberg dropped to Kronwall, to Mantha, Zetterberg went down low, fed the puck to Nyquist, Kronwall put the puck off the POST and the PP expired.
- Zetterberg fed Mantha, he fed Kronwall at the line, Detroit cycled, and Mantha bumbled a pass that Hayes centered through everyone…
- To Nyquist.
- Up he went with DeKeyser and Jensen, Jensen skated in and nearly scored on Lundqvist himself.
- The Rangers ended up skating into the Wings’ zone, firing a puck wide of the net, and re-setting with 1:28 remaining in the 2nd.
- Detroit worked the puck up and into the Rangers’ zone, Helm got a shot on Lundqvist…
- And eventually, Larkin stole the puck down low, worked it to Athanasiou, he flipped the puck down low, Jensen pinched, Zetterberg helped cycle, and the Rangers took over.
- DeKeyser’s long pass to a gassed Athanasiou did not result in much of anything, and time expired in the 2nd period with AA held along the end boards.
The 2nd period in summary: The Red Wings scored the 2-0 goal and nearly scored a 3-0 marker as they out-shot the Rangers by a wide margin over the first 5 minutes of the 2nd, but the goal that was reversed due to an offside call took some wind out of the Wings’ sails. Detroit was able to at least battle the puck back into the Rangers’ zone due to 2 power plays that they were unable to score upon, and at least in terms of shots taken, Detroit dominated 11-6, but that did not describe the play of an even 2nd period.
Statistically, Detroit out-shot New York 11-6 in the 2nd and 22-19 overall; attempts 42-40 Detroit; hits 13-8 New York; giveaways 11-10 Detroit, takeaways 6-1 Detroit (possession changes 16-12 Detroit); blocked shots 11-11; faceoffs 20-18 New York (47% for Detroit).
Individually, Larkin led the Wings with 3 shots, and Nyquist, Tatar, Helm, Nielsen, Ericsson, Ouellet and Athanasiou all had 2 shots; Kronwall, Ouellet and DeKeyser had 2 hits; Nyquist, Helm and Athanasiou had 2 giveaways; Larkin had 2 takeaways; Glendening blocked 4 shots, Booth 2; Glendening’s 3-and-1 (75%) faceoff ranking led the team, which was +10; Larkin played 14:07, Daley 13:49, Kronwall 13:26, Jensen 13:14, DeKeyser 13:16, Athanasiou 12:51, Tatar 12:31, Ericsson 11:13, Zetterberg 11:08.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) February 26, 2018
The 3rd period
3rd period observations:
- Larkin drew in for the opening faceoff, and the Wings lost it, Jensen got rocked on the Rangers’ forecheck, by Kreider, and of course as the Red Wings charged into the offensive zone, Jensen sent the puck in on Lundqvist with a big slapper.
- Nielsen drew in for the next faceoff and won it to Daley, but he fumbled the puck and the Rangers slowly but surely skated up ice, with Vesey dekeing and dangling, but he was steered wide of the net by Ericsson.
- New York continued to press on the rush, setting up and cycling for shot attempts.
- Howard stopped Zuccarello and the rebound of his shot as the Rangers crashed the net, with Ericsson doing a good job of pushing Vesey away from the net.
- Zetterberg won the defensive zone draw after Howard’s save, and Kronwall helped the Wings skate deep into the offensive zone, Mantha centered the puck, and Zetterberg was interfered with–apparently legally–so the Rangers cleared the zone once…
- The second time, Mantha and Nyquist raced into the offensive zone, and Nyquist clanged a puck off the post…
- On the next rush, Mantha missed the net…
- And Glendening ran Fast over.
- Jensen cycled with Glendening, Booth and Bertuzzi, and after a re-set at center, Jensen fed the puck to Glendening, but he was dumped.
- The Rangers were MUCH more physical in the 3rd period, crashing and banging with abandon.
- Athanasiou, Larkin and Tatar were up to the battle, and a Tatar steal facilitated an Athanasiou shot that Lundqvist had to dive out to stop.
- The Red Wings won the next draw, retained possession of the puck and pushed it deep in the Rangers’ zone, where Abdelkader, Nielsen and Helm hacked and whacked the puck deep twice…
- Helm came back to help the Wings defend, and Howard watched a Miller shot whistle wide of his net.
- The Red Wings’ Zetterberg line battled the puck deep and a Zetterberg shot was blocked out of play; on the following faceoff, the Wings forced the Rangers to ice the puck, and Glendening’s line lost the offensive zone draw.
- So the Rangers headed into Detroit’s zone and banged bodies, with Daley, Glendening and Ericsson unable to free the puck. Howard had to make a big point shot stop.
- Larkin turned the puck over off the defensive zone draw, and the Rangers sent another shot attempt wide; Larkin fumbled an outlet, and New York cycled, with Zibanejad working down low with Kreider and Buchnevich. To the line the puck went, and Tatar blocked a shot.
- New York’s Skjei sent the puck back into the Wings’ zone, Howard helped Ericsson and Abdelkader send the puck into the Rangers’ zone, and out it went.
- New York was doing a very good job of swiping the puck from the Red Wings and clearing their zone, playing ugly, ugly defensive hockey.
- When New York cycled into the Wings’ zone, Detroit could not deal with the Rangers’ physicality.
- Carey, Miller and Zuccarello created a nightmare for the Wings’ defenders some 7:40 into the 3rd, and a Kronwall icing call yielded more Rangers shot attempts and more Red Wings blocks.
- Glendening sent a from-his-knees shot off Booth and off Lundqvist, the Rangers raced into the Wings’ zone 3-on-2, and Zibanejad sent the puck to Kreider, who sent the puck wide…
And Mika Zibanejad scored, but the goal was not counted because Zibanejad kicked the puck…
Play was reviewed for a long time, but they called it no goal.
- With 11:25 remaining in regulation/8:35 elapsed, Detroit was out-shot 7-3 in the 3rd and shots were 26-26 overall; attempts 55-50 New York; hits 15-11 New York; giveaways 12-12; takeaways 9-1 Detroit; blocked shots 13-13; faceoffs 25-23 New York (48%).
- Detroit got a scare, but they sure didn’t play like they it woke them up.
- Instead, Hayes clanged the puck off Howard and Howard snow angel-ed on his belly to stop the puck.
- Detroit then chipped the puck into its bench, the Rangers got another faceoff win, and Detroit was unable to clear its zone with 10:43 remaining, yielding another scoring chance before Helm carried the puck out of the zone and chipped and chased.
- Kreider, Zibanejad and Buchnevich cycled in the Wings’ zone, Zetterberg cleared the puck down ice without icing it, and Zetterberg tried to center the puck for Mantha, but “it would not go.”
- So the Rangers charged into the Wings’ zone, Zuccarello menaced Kronwall, Mantha and Ouellet, and Detroit was able to get the puck to center ice and facilitate a change.
- At 10:51, New York had out-shot Detroit 9-3 in the 2nd and 28-26 overall; attempts 57-50 New York; hits 15-11 New York; giveaways 13-13; takeaways 10-1 Detroit; blocked shots 13-13; faceoffs 26-25 New York (49%).
- When play resumed, Athanasiou, Larkin and Tatar ground the puck into the Rangers’ zone, but only temporarily; New York worked the puck into the Wings’ zone instead…
And the Rangers were able to tie the game. Ryan Spooner centered the puck off Howard, he stopped the puck as Hayes chipped the puck on net, and Jesper Fast jammed the rebound past a prone Howard.
Fast made it 2-2 from Hayes and Spooner.
DeKeyser and Jensen did a lot of standing around and watching–as did Athanasiou and Larkin and Tatar.
- On the post-goal shift, Nielsen and Ericsson and Daley fumbled a clearing attempt, the Rangers got the puck back to the line, but Detroit blocked the shot, Abdelkader and Nielsen found Ouellet and he blasted a heavy shot off a Ranger.
- Nielsen was hooked hard to keep him away from a loose puck, and Mantha fed Zetterberg, he was stopped by Lundqvist, and eventually Zetterberg was called offside.
- The Red Wings continued to get backed in, backed in, backed in and backed in some more, and Howard had to make an excellent stop with his blocker with 7:14 remaining.
- Glendening drew in and won the puck to Daley and DeKeyser, Helm and Abdelkader got an actual shot on Lundqvist, and when the Rangers returned to the Red Wings’ zone, Jensen and Helm cleared the zone.
- With 6:32 remaining, the Rangers set up, Staal fired a long shot in on Howard and he held on.
- Glendening then won another draw, Daley tried to feed Nyquist but sent the puck down ice instead, Ericsson and Daley cleared the puck, and a whole lot of nothing resulted.
- Eventually, Ericsson was walked around and Howard had to make a big stop.
- The shots were 13-5 New York in the 3rd period.
- At 14:12, Detroit was out-shot 13-5 in the 3rd and 32-28 overall; attempts 63-52 New York; hits 15-13 New York; giveaways 13-13; takeaways 11-2 Detroit; blocked shots 15-13 Detroit; faceoffs 30-27 New York (47%).
- The Wings needed to wake up and take at least a point out of the game, if not two.
- Instead, the Wings iced the puck with 5:27 remaining in regulation, Nielsen lost the deep defensive zone faceoff, and DeKeyser, Helm and Nielsen were able to clear the zone, but had to re-set as Jensen dumped and the Wings chased.
- With under 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd period, DeAngelo worked the puck to O’Gara, Hayes was blocked off, Fast and Hayes were blocked, Athanasiou dropped the puck to Larkin and Lundqvist had to make a good stop.
- The Red Wings then lost an offensive zone draw, Zetterberg, Nyquist and Mantha tried to stretch the neutral zone, and Detroit at least got some possession north of center ice before Zibanejad skated up and into the Wings’ zone, firing a snapper in on Howard.
- With 3:58 remaining, Abdelkader poked the puck away from the Rangers’ defense, New York skated back into the Wings’ zone, Howard made a booming stop on Zuccarello, and we lathered, rinsed and repeated.
- Abdelkader found Helm, he spun deep, worked the puck down low with Glendening, and Larkin was tripped.
- No call with 3:08 remaining.
- Larkin skated in and fired a slap shot in on Lundqvist with 3:04 remaining.
- Detroit then lost the offensive zone draw and surrendered a 3-on-2 in which Kornwall was held up;
- Pionk and Spooner almost connected for a goal as a result.
- Howard had to make a good stop on Kreider with 2:21 remaining, the Wings lost the deep defensive zone draw, and Howard made a TREMENDOUS stop on Zibanejad’s wraparound shot.
- Helm crashed and banged, Nielsen got away with one, and Buchnevich skated in, Howard stopped him, and the period started to wind down.
- With 1:18 remaining, Howard fed Jensen, his flipper came to Zetterberg, who tried to split the Rangers’ defense, and he was held up, so the Rangers iced the puck with 1:01 remaining.
- Larkin won the draw to the point, Jensen’s shot was tipped into the netting, sans call, and play moved out to center ice.
- Larkin skated back in, Glendening could not help, but Jensen and Kronwall fed Tatar, Kronwall went to Jensen, the Wings sent the puck out front and OH MY GOODNESS TATAR HIT THE BAR.
- Nielsen, Abdelkader nad Helm tried to score a last-second goal but they could not as Lundqvist grabbed a puck at the last second.
The 3rd period in summary: The Wings got ran over. Out-shot 19-9 and 38-32 overall, Detroit surrendered a 3rd period even-up and were a Zibanejad kick from being down by one. The Wings limped their way to the finish, a little gassed on the back half of a back-to-back slate and a stretch of 10 games in 17 nights.
- Nielsen, Mantha and DeKeyser started the 3-on-3, lost the opening faceoff, and Mantha lurked in the offensive zone while the Rangers worked the puck out.
- Mantha was held up, New York came in 3-on-3, Kreider was tripped by Nielsen, no call there, either…
- DeKeyser gave the puck to Mantha, Mantha walked up and stopped 1 on 3.
- Mantha kicked the puck but could not hold it in, and the refs called an offside call.
- With 4:05 remaining in OT, Larkin, Tatar and Daley chased down a Rangers dump-in, Larkin sped up and into the Rangers’ zone, Tatar took the pass, circled the net, skated out to center…
- And Tatar fed Larkin, he spun back for Jensen, Jensen skated up and in, Tatar took the puck, Tatar was held up some, and he passed the puck past Jensen.
- Helm took over, working with Jensen.
- With 3:10 remaining in OT, Jensen fed Athanasiou, and he went offside.
- With 3:03 remaining, Athanasiou won the faceoff, Helm and DeKeyser set up, Athanasiou raced through center, deked and was stick checked.
- The Rangers then raced up, with Spooner leading them, he fired a shot wide, reversed, kicked it to Buchnevich, to Spooner, Skjei, Skjei skated the puck deep, got it to Spooner, and he flipped a puck wide of Buchnevich.
- Detroit took over with 2:12 remaining.
- Both teams changed.
- DeKeyser set up behind the Wings’ net, he fed Nyquist, he charged up through center, spun back, and fed Jensen.
- Jensen skated up and into the Rangers’ zone, circled the net, re-took the puck and lost it.
- Then Gilmour got past Zetterberg, stopped behind the Wings’ net, and cycled with Hayes.
- Hayes backed out to center as the Rangers changed.
- With 1:18 remaining, Kreider skated in, to DeAngelo he went, he fed Kreider, vs. Zetterberg, Zetterberg’s stick was held and Kreider’s backhand went high and wide out of play.
- The Rangers won the deep offensive zone draw, Zibanejad missed the net, the Rangers held the puck in, cycled, Buchnevich was tripped by Glendening, no call…
- Nielsen dropped the puck to Daley, Detroit changed with 25 remaining, Tatar chugged up ice, gave it to Nielsen, he found Tatar at the line, Nielsen fed Daley, Daley fed Nielsen, 9.8.7…
Nielsen fed Daley in the slot and Daley’s tip-down went through Lundqvist with 5.6 seconds remaining in OT.
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Here’s the Game Summary…
And the Event Summary:
The final shot attempts were 75-61 New York on the Rangers’ 38-34 shot advantage. Detroit blocked 17 shots.