Chris Osgood got his first start since October 30 and despite a great effort in net, he ended up with a 3-2 loss in overtime. Osgood was strong in net after that time off and the three goals allowed weren't indicative of his play.
Jonathan Ericsson started the scoring for Detroit at 15:29 of the first period. Pavel Datsyuk carried the puck into the offensive zone and put a shot on Quick. Quick gave up a chunky rebound to the faceoff dot to his right and Ericsson came up to slap the puck home for his second goal of the season. Justin Williams scored the first goal for the Kings on a deflection from a Rob Scuderi shot under a minute into the second period. Osgood didn't have much of a chance on the deflection. Todd Bertuzzi answered shortly after to give the Wings the lead back by hammering loose puck past Quick and off the post for his fifth of the season.
Alec Martinez scored at 7:18 of the second period to tie the game up. Dustin Brown was screening Osgood and Martinez simply fired a wrist shot on net and it hit off of Darren Helm's stick and past Osgood. Anze Kopitar scored the game winning goal for the Kings with under a minute to play in the supplemental period as the Kings had a 3-on-2 after a Detroit turnover in the offensive zone.
The Red Wings travel back to Detroit to play the Sharks on Monday and can be proud of taking 5 of 6 points on the roadtrip.
Video and analysis after the jump.
- For a good portion of the game, the Wings did not look like a team that had played just last night as they were pretty active and had good energy. Towards the end of the game, it kind of seemed like most players were just coasting and waiting for overtime. Would have liked if that had pressed a little harder late in the game.
- Felt bad for Chris Osgood tonight. Had a pretty solid night in net after being out for so long. He allowed three goals but all three were ones that he didn't really have a chance on. The first two came via deflection and the game winner came from Kings rush the other way and a one-timer.
- Brad Stuart certainly threw his weight around tonight. Had at least three big hits in the game and had six total in the game. When Stuart plays physical, I like how much it helps him in the rest of his game.
- How about Pavel's complete robbery of a King while the Wings were killing off Salei's interference call? Lifted the stick while the guy was getting ready to shoot and went the other way. In the words of JJ, that was the Datsyuk giggle moment of the day for me.
- Hell of a job by Helm at the end of Salei's interference penalty. Taking the puck up ice and taking on 4 LA players and killing time for a line change. He eventually found Zetterberg--who came on from the change--and Hank got a shot on net.
- Kyle Clifford took an unfortunate offensive zone penalty that gave the Red Wings a power play with under 10 to play in the second. The Wings did not score on the power play but they had a handful of quality scoring chances with the man advantage.
- How about the game from Ericsson? He's getting better and better it seems. Not only does he score the first of the game but he sets up the second one as well. Matt Greene went into the corner with the puck and Ericsson came in an laid a hit on him that sent the puck to Franzen. Franzen took it to the net and the rebound ended up on Bertuzzi's stick eventually. Ericsson played 19:15 and was a +1 on the night with a goal and essentially an assist.
- Nicklas Lidstrom had an off night tonight, going -2 and having some bad plays. However, I do want to briefly talk about the game-winning goal for the Kings. There was some flack being thrown Lidstrom's way for the pass that got broken up and went the other way for the odd-man rush. I see it this way though. Lidstrom has Kopitar falling down and he's throws a bullet of a pass across towards Franzen. If the pass gets through, Franzen potentially scores the game-winner for the Wings. But it doesn't and Alec Martinez breaks up the pass and it kicks out to Dustin Brown. Martinez does two excellent things on the play: 1. breaks up the Detroit scoring chance and 2. busts his ass getting up the ice (*cough* Franzen *cough*) and turns it from a 2-on-2 into a 3-on-2 so I think instead of pointing a finger at Lidstrom I'm moreso applauding the effort of Martinez.