A bit of a weird start with an almost goal from Columbus, then an almost goal from Detroit, and then a definite goal from Columbus. Bjorkstrand makes it 1-0 Jackets a minute and a half in.
OR DOES HE???
The League is reviewing...something. Jeff did not ask. Maybe making sure the Wings previous attempt did not cross the goal line. You can’t hear what the ref is saying but seeing the replay and playing charades that looks like what they were looking at (it was definitely not in).
Blash, expert goal challenger, challenges for offside(s). AND WINS. Still can’t hear the ref. So, a lot of song and dance for nothing.
Veleno already picking pockets. Precocious little scamp. On the other hand, our defense has Greiss flopping all over the place trying to block a flurry of shots. But he manages it.
Ken and Mick are in full storytelling and nostalgia mode. Makes it feel like we are losing by three goals instead of tied at 0 halfway through the first.
Cholowski goes to the Bad Boy Box for holding in our first penalty of the game. Columbus powerplay! Greiss kills the penalty with a little help from the rest of the gang. Doubling down with another penalty, this time Panik to the Timeout Terrarium for tripping. This penalty is also killed and that will kill the period.
No score yet.
The first two minutes of the period was spent processing that the “welcome Baby Murphy” announcement on the broadcast was for Larry Murphy’s newborn child and not a grandchild. Was an unexpected plot twist, but happy news all the same.
Vladdy can’t lift the puck into the open net, argh. Experience Red Wings hockey! Our ragtag lineup is holding their own against the current last ranked team in the Division.
Halfway through and still 0-0 with shots 21-17 in our favor.
Greiss is looking solid. If he was anything less than on point this recap would have a lot more plot points and all of them would be bad.
And that’s it. Still 0-0.
Dean Kukan to the Hut for Helm High-Stickers for high-sticking Helm. Red Wings get their first powerplay! And give up a shorthanded chance immediately. But Veleno’s unit is doing some good work. Greiss and Merzlikins are both looking sharp, which makes this game pretty boring. Nobody scores and back to 5v5.
Zadina and Vrana are out together. Czech mates :’) Just need Hronek...
10 minutes to go and all systems boring.
7 minutes to go and it’s like listening to paint dry.
Both teams do look like they are trying to actually score but Elvis and Greiss won’t hear of it.
4 minutes. Yawn.
3 minutes and Domi and Gagner are both sent to the Crimes Cabana. 4v4 hockey.
Ken Daniels said “Czechmates” it’s now official. Vrana, Zadina and Hronek all in action. Veleno also getting lots of time in OT, and looks good.
Filppula shot the puck on purpose. Going to start throwing kitchen sinks at Elvis in a minute.
Hronek, Vrana and Zadina all crashing the net together and Zadina MISSES. Should have kept Filppula out there, that unit needed some Finnish.
Wings do not score :(
FINAL: 1-0 Columbus