The two most recent Stanley Cup champs faced off tonight at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and it took overtime to decide the chippy game. With 19 power plays (10 of which were from Detroit penalties) in tonight's game, it came as no surprise to see both Anaheim and Detroit notch 2 power play goals apiece in the game.
Just a little over halfway into the first period, Pavel Datsyuk deflected a pass from Marian Hossa to get the early lead. Less than three minutes later, the Wings took two quick trips to the penalty box giving Anaheim a 5-on-3 advantage resulting in a Teemu Selanne goal.
Less than three minutes into the second, the Detroit Red Wings finally got their first fighting major of the year when Darren McCarty and Brad May went at it. I haven't seen the footage to tell you the quality of the bout. According to the hockeyfights account on Twitter, which is the same person behind the very useful website HockeyFights.com, the Wings were the last team to get a fighting major this season.
After another Datsyuk goal almost eerily similar to the previous one (also with a Hossa assist), the following two second period goals also came on the power play. Henrik Zetterberg tallied his first goal of the game by having his stick on the ice and deflecting a shot/pass by Jiri Hudler. Anaheim responded less than three minutes later with another Selanne goal (also assisted by Getzlaf).
Selanne earns his 21st career hat trick with a goal just 4:50 into the third to tie the game up at three goals apiece. With just 7:04 remaining in the game, Corey Perry passed to Brian Sutherby from behind the net and Sutherby put it in the net above Osgood's glove.
Dan Cleary scooped the puck from behind the net and pushed it towards the crease where Zetterberg tipped it in to even it up with just 1:23 left. Niklas Kronwall also made a smart play and was credited for an assist. As a result, the Wings headed to overtime for their third consecutive game of this five game road trip. The previous two games resulted in a Wings win in the shootout.
Getzlaf threw the puck at the net and it bounced high into the air off of Osgood, upon which Beauchemin poked the puck into the net. The goal was reviewed because his stick seemed awfully high. Based on the replay, I would have called it a high stick and the goal should not have counted. However, the Wings had a delayed penalty coming to them so Detroit may have lost anyways. Still, it was certainly an unpleasant way to lose. At least we got a point by making it to OT.
The story of the night from my perspective was Ryan Getzlaf's impressive play. He tallied five assists, which means he was a part of each of Anaheim's goals tonight.
In less than 24 hours, the Wings take on the San Jose Sharks, who are now coached by former Wing Todd McClellan.
Update (October 30): I mentioned the McCarty-May fight earlier and we now have footage of the fight courtesy of David Singer at HockeyFights.com: