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We Can’t Have Nice Things: Red Wings Blow 5-2 Lead, Lose 7-6 (OT)

Detroit Red Wings v New York Islanders Photo by Jim McIsaac/NHLI via Getty Images

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta puck drop on Friday, everybody’s looking forward to the weekend, weekend.

Ahem. As we get ready for puck drop, the Red Wings are looking to take advantage of an Islanders team that has not been doing well lately, to put it mildly. The Islanders have been giving up shots like a team that isn’t good at defense. OK, so that’s not a good simile. It’s early.

First Period

Our goalie matchup is Petr Mrazek vs. Thomas Greiss. The Islanders backup has been terrible this season, so I am assuming he will shut us out.

The Islanders are getting Johnny Boychuk back in the lineup tonight.


Anthony Mantha gets back on the scoreboard after a while without putting up too many points. He gets the puck from a long bank pass from Zetterberg for a breakaway from the blue line and beats Greiss five hold on the first good chance of the game for either team about 2:30 in.


Bertuzzi comes off the wall and feeds it to a streaking.....Marty Frk? Yes, it’s Frk charging up the middle and ripping a wrister past Greiss to make it 2-0. Man, my friends who are Islanders fans have been telling me how poorly they’ve been on defense, but man, I can’t believe it’s this bad.

Barzal’s line almost gets something going off a steal in Detroit’s defensive zone, but Boychuk’s shot from the point his Eberle’s skate in front, and it looks to sting the winger.

Detroit ices it repeatedly, and Boychuk continues to fire rockets at the net. Detroit can’t keep letting that happen.

With about 10 minute left, the Islanders get a dangerous chance, then the puck is loose on a goal-mouth scramble, but Tatar picks it out of the pile and brings it behind the net to safety.


Zetterberg throws a turnaround shot on net. He gets his own rebound and puts it past Greiss. Man, It’s really strange to see another team have so many defensive breakdowns. So many blue jerseys, and none of them could get to the puck before Zetterberg.

Abdelkader takes a penalty for tripping, and Detroit goes to the penalty kill.

Daley just made a play on Bailey and I’m picturing the Spidermans pointing at each other meme.

New York is pretty much in the offensive zone the entire power play, but they don’t get much going, which is strange but true.

The period ends with Detroit up 3-0, just like we all predicted.

Second Period

I missed the beginning of the second because I had to take my dog out, and there was a train going by, and it was apparently very exciting.

Athanasiou took a penalty early in the period, but Detroit killed it, then AA forced Hickey to take a penalty, so Detroit gets a chance on the man advantage.

Detroit doesn’t score either and the score remains 3-0.

Nothing much doing back and forth until about the 10 minute mark as Kronwall tried to make a pass to Frk, but Barzal picks it out of midair. Eberle gets the puck for an open shot on goal and beats Mrazek five-hole to make it 3-1

The Glendening - Frk - Bertuzzi line has played pretty well so far this game. Even when they are not making a lot happen offensively, they are holding their own defensively.

The Red Wings have done a really good job of shutting down Tavares and Barzal. They’ve barely gotten anything going tonight.

Abdelkader and Boychuk drop the gloves in front of the net after a shift full of engagements. Abdelkader took down Boychuk which led to the fight, then took down the Islanders defenseman during the fight.

Nyquist nearly scores with 10 seconds left on a rush with Anthony Mantha, but he misses on the shot.

The period ends with Detroit leading 3-1. Not as much excitement that period, but Detroit takes the 2 goal lead to the dressing room.

Third Period

The Islanders are all over the Wings to start the period, and Brock Nelson tips a point shot from Hickey past Mrazek. It was a beautiful tip, and the Detroit goalie didn’t really have a chance.

Athanasiou flies the zone early, and it leads to a chance against. At 3-2, he’s gotta be making the most defensively responsible play there.


Oh man, what a sequence. Abdelkader drops the puck to Nielsen and gets laid out by Boychuk. I was ready to describe another fight between Abdelkader and Boychuk, but somehow the long shot got through Greiss and slipped into the crease. Helm saw the loose puck and circled the back of the net to get to it. He tucks it in the open net, and it’s 4-2.

The Islanders take a too many men penalty, and Detroit has the chance to regain a 3 goal lead.


And Kronwall does just that. Yes, you read that correctly. He beats Greiss from the blue line on a slapper.

Halak enters the game to replace Greiss.

Darren Eliot says, for the second time, that Kronwall “has had a fantastic season.” Look, I’m glad he scored too, but let’s not get carried away.

Speaking of getting carried away, Bertuzzi slashes Clutterbuck unnecessarily, and he goes to the dressing room. It sure looked like Clutterbuck took a dive. They gave Bertuzzi a 5 minute major for slashing and a match penalty. Bertuzzi can’t do that, but Clutterbuck really sold that.

The Islanders cut the lead to 2 with a goal on the major power play. Brock Nelson gets credit for the goal.

Then, Lee puts a rebound off a shot from Barzal in to make it 5-4. I normally don’t complain about the officiating, but Clutterbuck turned the minor into a major, and the officials completely fell for it.

Leddy ties it at five. Whatever.

Bailey makes it 6-5. I’ve lost the ability to feel.

Four goals on the major penalty.


Mike Green with a re-direct off a shot-pass from Zetterberg. The Islanders are claiming goaltender interference, but based on recent rulings, I’ll be incensed if that comes back.

It doesn’t, and we go to overtime 6-6.


Daley nearly had the game winning assist with a pass to Mantha from behind the net, but the winger just put it wide.

The Red Wings very nearly had a too many men penalty, but the pass to the bench hit Daley, who was coming off the ice, and not Green who was coming on the ice. Doug Weight nearly loses his mind arguing the call.

Larkin to Athanasiou, and AA waits a bit too long, and Halak saves it off the shaft.

The Islanders strip the puck from Nyquist and go the other way. Barzal has it, and he’s dangerous, but he feeds the puck to Nelson who is driving the net, and Nelson tips it past Mrazek for the win. Islanders win 7-6.