This game was so big in so many ways.
The Wings needed two points. Brad Stuart was returning home. And Jimmy Howard is on the verge of having a new contract.
We got a point, but that's all we got.
Here's your recap:
The game seemed to start out in a good way with the Wings getting a power play. But after committing four guys to the net, Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau managed to get a quick breakaway. Before you could say contract extension the puck was in the net and the Wings were down 1-0.
Jump ahead to the 2nd period. The Wings were shooting the puck but nothing was going their way. This included a potential goal that was not (the refs made the right call). All of that would change when the Wings MVP this season, Justin Abdelkader, scored to tie the game up at a goal a piece.
Speaking of the referees (segue!), Desjardins tackled down one of the linesmen and sent him to the ER.
I don't think anyone described it better than Babcock. Now is the time to win. At least Jakub Kindl listened to him as he scored on the power play to make it 2-1 Wings early on in the third. Moments later, Brendan Smith tackles down a Sharks player (forgot who it was) and took a penalty. Just as Kindl had done a few minutes earlier, Logan Couture scored to tie the game up.
Neither team could capitalize on their chances and overtime would be needed to decide the winner. Despite great support from the crowd, the Wings couldn't bury the puck.
The support continued into overtime where the Wings really gave it their all to score. Zetterberg had a great shift that nearly resulted in a goal. But the Wings efforts were in vain. The forever loved and hated shootout would be needed to determine the winner of this one.
Datsyuk gave the Wings the go-ahead goal before Logan Couture made a sick move (admit it, it was) to tie it up. Up next was Brunner who tried to do the move that he did against Columbus. Had he been able to elevate the puck another couple millimeters it would have been a goal. After a near-goal by Joe Pavelski, the Wings chose to give Gustav Nyquist his first career NHL shootout attempt. Goose went for a spin-o-rama goal but Niemi's pad was there to stop the puck.
That's when I felt It. I knew the game was done. Not so much because Marleau was a decent player but more because of the vibe at the time. I could tell that this would be yet another one of those "we played good but lost by a goal" type of games. Sure enough, Marleau buries it to give the W to San Jose.
We didn't play bad. By no means did the Wings play bad. In fact, I thought that they played good. It just sucks that we couldn't pick up the extra point.
Every game is crucial. Every point is crucial. This is the road to the playoffs, and it seems that it is going to be a long one.
Next up for the Wings are the Blackhawks tomorrow night in Chicago.
Lets Go Wings!