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Red Wings 0, Rangers 1 (OT)

Red Wings lose the game, and maybe Vanek. Ugh.

New York Rangers v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

If you missed the earlier news, Niklas Kronwall is back in the lineup. Alexey Marchenko comes out of the lineup. Drew Miller was put on waivers to clear a roster spot for Kronwall’s return. Coreau starts.

I didn’t realize that today’s game was on NBC until just before puck drop. I’m not sure what I did to deserve having to listen to NBC’s commentary.

I also am unsure what Dylan Larkin did to deserve being interviewed by Pierre McGuire. I’m pretty sure that Pierre believes that if he is able to say the junior organization of every player for both teams in a game, the lambs will stop screaming.

First Period

Kronwall starts off paired with Nick Jensen, which will be quite the test for Jensen.

Speaking of Jensen, two minutes into the game, the young defenseman made his way to the net and nearly redirected a beautiful pass from Vanek. It was a nice set play by the Red Wings.

Other than that, the first four minutes have been a contest to see which team could ice the puck the most.

Michael Grabner is going to be a player for the Wings to key on. He let Jensen get wide open on the previously mentioned scoring chance, so Detroit would do well to target him when he’s on the ice. He’s also very fast, and the Wings much be careful of that.

Just before the first commercial break, Mike Green took a penalty for interference.

The Red Wings did a very good job of keeping New York to the outside on the power play, with one exception when Pavel Buchnevich ended up alone, but Coreau made the save. Then all hell broke loose.

First Andreas Athanasiou hit the post on the rush. Then, they had several great chances in close, but Lundqvist kept them off the scoreboard.

Darren Helm made a great move to spin out of the corner, but couldn’t score. Kronwall had a very solid shift, nearly finishing off another beautiful pass from Vanek.

Helm must have heard that we think he shouldn’t be protected in the expansion draft because he is on fire today. Even though the Wings haven’t scored, they are looking very good so far, and Helm is a major part of that.

I find it strange that NBC feels the need to specify that their upcoming TV show Taken is based on the movie Taken.

The Red Wings will go on their first power play, as the Rangers clear the puck out of the zone and over the glass with 5:46 left in the first.

Mike Green misplayed the puck at the blue line, and the team didn’t get set up through the first 30 seconds of the man advantage.

Mantha took a pass from Larkin and wristed one on net, but Lundqvist made the save. Anthony Mantha tried to do too much by himself the next time up ice, which allowed the Rangers to clear the puck, and the Red Wings don’t score.

Athanasiou and Vanek set up a give-and-go that should have resulted in the game’s first goal, but Vanek put it off the post.

Just before the end of the period, the line of AA-Vanek-Nielsen nearly set up another goal. Athanasiou shanked a one-timer off a feed from Vanek, then Vanek had a fantastic chance a few seconds later. They are dangerous every time they are on the ice, and they could easily have two or three goals.

Vanek was hit by a puck at the end of the period, but it looks like he’ll be ok.

Second Period

Well, shit. Vanek is not on the ice to start the second period.

The Red Wings continue to do good things. Zetterberg threw the puck to the net with Mantha driving the center lane. Mantha was held, which will lead to another power play.

The first minute of the PP was much better than the one in the first period. Nielsen wristed a shot on goal, with traffic in front. Zetterberg nearly had a tap in on the rebound, but Lundqvist was able to kick away the pass just before #40 slammed it in.

As the penalty expired, Dylan Larkin took a bad penalty. He flew around Brady Skjei, but took down Skjei as he went by for no reason.

Fortunately, nothing happened on the Ranger power play.

Coreau hasn’t had to do too much so far this game, but he was called upon to make a solid save on Mika Zibanejad.

Thomas Vanek won’t return to the game, which is #notgood.

At the 8:37 mark, Pavel Buchnevich is called for holding. It looked like Nyquist may have held Buchnevich’s stick, but I’ll take it.

Niklas Kronwall should not be on the power play. For a coach who keeps saying how the PP needs to shoot more, it’s baffling that he continues to put out a player that holds the puck way too long.

This power play was worse than usual, since not only did Detroit not score, they also took a penalty. Mike Green got his stick up and hit a Ranger in the face, so he’ll go to the box.

This second period is tremendously boring, especially after the excitement of the first.

A horrendous change led to a Ranger odd man rush, but Coreau kept the score at 0-0.

Pierre McGuire called Xavier Ouellet “Zavi-yay.” That was fun.

Watching this would have been more fun than the second period has been.

With just under two minutes, Nielsen puts a backhand on net that looked dangerous, but no go.

The period is over, and wow, what a contrast to the first period. Still 0-0.

Third Period

Kevin Hayes will not return after suffering a lower body injury.

The third period starts off much more exciting than the second period, but it’s because the Rangers had several good chances. Coreau fell over when he slid over to block a shot, and he ended up in a poor position to make a save, so Detroit was fortunate that New York could not capitalize on it.

At the other end, Darren Helm recovered a long rebound off the end boards, but Lundqvist made the save.

Shortly after, Jonathan Ericsson took a penalty for hooking Zibanejad. The replay showed that Zibanejad held his stick, so that’ll cancel out the penalty call earlier in the game when Nyquist did the same.

The Wings nearly break the tie when Anthony Mantha slid a pass from behind the net to a wide open Zetterberg in the slot. Lundqvist made the save, and we are still scoreless.

Tatar, Helm, and Larkin had a solid shift, where they had several scoring chances. Lundquvist blocked a Tatar shot with his mask (again).

Well, that’s fun.

Doc just called Ericsson “Lidstrom,” which was more entertaining than anything that happened in the second period.

Vesey appeared to clear the puck over the glass from the defensive zone, which would have given Detroit a power play with a minute left, but the replay showed that it deflected off a Red Wing.

Glendening’s back, and nearly deflects a pass for the game winner as time ran out at the end of the period. But we are still 0-0 at the end of regulation.

Overtime

Larkin gets the first good chance about a minute in, but Lundqvist keeps it 0-0.

Later, Larkin and Zetterberg were caught up ice after staying out on the ice for far too long for overtime. Zuccarello led a two-on-oh rush the other way, and fed Miller for an easy goal. Coreau had no chance.

Ultimately it was a very disappointing end to a mostly disappointing game. Hopefully we’ll get good news on Vanek.