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Weiss Weiss Baby: Red Wings 3, Hurricanes 2 (OT)

Vanilla Weiss, yo.

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The Red Wings went down to Carolina for the first night of back-to-back intraconference match-ups.  The Hurricanes, looking like Team Canada circa 2010, were playing their first game of the season and found themselves up 2-0 after some fluky weird goals that we can just blame on Brendan Smith because that's the chic thing to do. An early 3rd period goal off a fluky bounce for the Wings cut the lead in half.  Late it the game is where things got fun. Brett Hull Henrik Zetterberg tied the game with 17 seconds remaining. The Wings wouldn't back down and finally in triple overtime the whimsical Igor Larionov Stephen Weiss scored to seal the comeback.

But you all watched the game right?  Let's get to the bullets:

  • I missed the first 12 minutes of the game thanks to a DVR issue. Apparently I'm not the only one who is too dumb to properly record hockey games.
  • And it appears that I didn't miss anything.
  • Radek Dvorak scored a cool goal. It was weird and fluky. Smith was a little out of position at the blue line and the puck is chipped in. It was juuuuuuuuuust out of the reach of Kyle Quincey and then Jimmy Howard goes for a poke check, Dvorak goes for a poke shot (?) and the puck flutters up and over Howard for the goal. I've never seen anything like that before.

  • Of course, it was all Smith's fault on the 2nd goal too. He took a holding penalty against little person Jeff Skinner (which I will admit was the right call). The Canes sent out their other little person Nathan Gerbe for the power play.  Both Kyle Quincey and Danny DeKeyser were too tall to see Gerbe and looked right over top of him. This allowed the little man to find himself wide open.  He gathered in a nice bounce right on his stick and beat Howard, who was expecting a shot from the point. Good times.

  • The Wings got their lucky bounce early in the third. Zetterberg looked like he was throwing the puck towards the net, it deflects off a Cane directly to Justin Abdelkader. He goes 5 hole and it's a new hockey game.

  • The third was more open and back-and-forth, but the Wings couldn't get anything done until late.  A mad fury in front of the next with bodies flying everywhere. It was a Royal Rumble on ice. Pavel Datsyuk, who had an off night, lifted the stick of a d-man to keep hope alive. Finally the best captain in hockey found the back of the net after a few blocked shots and the Twitter machine looked like this: Even the diggers were beside themselves.

  • Then, of course, in overtime, Johan Franzen floated towards the net, received a bouncing pass from Niklas Kronwall and lazily threw it on net. The defense was so mesmerized by the Mule's lack of effort that they stared at him in disbelief. This allowed Steve Weisserman to clean up the garbage and score his first goal as a Red Wing. The good red and white team wins. It was like 2002 all over again.
Let's Go Red Wings.