1:18 into the five minute overtime period, veteran defenseman Chris Chelios scored on Pittsburgh's Ty Conklin from a pass by Pavel Datsyuk. The home game went into overtime after both teams were held scoreless in the first 60 minutes, much to the fans dismay.
In a preseason game full of unknown players (to most fans), one can usually expect a fair amount of turnovers and penalties. But that also usually leads to a fair amount of scoring and it's more likely for players to fight. Unfortunately for fans in attendance (12,327 of them), that was not the case tonight. No fighting. No scoring until overtime. It was simply a back and forth game for the most part and not the kind that keeps fans on the edge of their seats.
We did see the Wings make eight trips to the penalty box including promising defenseman Jakub Kindl who saw the inside of the box three times himself within the second period. Chelios got to see some penalty kill time tonight and was able to help the Wings kill off a 5-on-3 Pittsburgh power play in the second allowing only two shots by the Penguins.
"It was nice," Chelios said. "I’m getting the opportunity to play a lot. Our goalies obviously made some big saves early, but as the game wore on I thought we played little better. We got in penalty trouble, and that didn’t do us a lot of good – a lot of guys didn’t get a chance to play."
The game definitely ended on a fun and exciting note, but the overall game definitely wasn't.
"I bet there's a lot of these games going on," coach Mike Babcock said. "It was tough, one of those games -- and you have them during the regular season, too -- when it appears there's not much going on. You know it'll be a grind and you have to buckle down. We got better as the game went on, which was good to see."
Overall, it's nice to get a win, but it certainly wasn't a pretty or entertaining one to watch. The Wings play tomorrow against the Penguins in Pittsburgh at 7:30pm when Sidney Crosby is expected to play.