Red Wings Come Back From the Dead to Win in S/O

Larkin’s 2 assists power Red Wings to victory

The Red Wings visit the Winnipeg Jets for the first time this season. The Wings have been dealing with some injuries but have managed to squeeze out some points despite that.

First Period

The first period had all the elements of a bad start by the Wings. They spent the first seven minutes of the game without a shot on goal while Winnipeg threw seven shots at Mrazek. Not surprisingly the Jets scored at the 13 minute mark.

It was short lived however as Tatar gets the Wings on the board with the first shot of the game.

The Wings’ powerplay is 0 for 27 on the road going into this game...and it did not get any better in the first period.

They were awarded a powerplay and failed to capitalize. They actually only managed to get one shot on net. Seconds after Winnipeg made them pay by taking the lead once again. Minutes after, Patrick Laine scored on Mrazek, high glove. So for anyone keep tabs, Mrazek has allowed 3 goals on 10 shots.

The Wings had a key penalty kill near the end of the period and Larkin and Vanek had two good chances. Overall, they did way too much chasing and not enough dictating of the play. Not much else to say.

Score:

3-1 WPG

Shots:

16-7 WPG

Second Period

The Wings started this period off significantly better. They were quick on the puck and rushed the net effectively.

The Wings’ penalty kill has been excellent as of late, making up for their futile powerplay.

Dylan Larkin got his second assist of the year and it was a beauty pass to Mantha who did not hesitate. Mantha is a gigantic human being, his reach is huge and he is a big strong body. I still have this fear that he will be sent down to GR, but I can’t imagine how anyone could justify the move.

Can we keep the Zetterberg/Larkin/Mantha line together for a bit? The Two Kids & An Old Goat line 3.0.

The Wings tied the game up at the 2 minute mark with a perfect pass from Ouellet which Vanek redirected into the net. We’ve got ourselves a game folks!

Shots:

16-28 WPG

Score:

3-3

Third Period

The Wings came out really energized this period and peppered Hellebuyck with shots. They started closing the gap in shots between themselves and Winnipeg.

Mrazek picked up his game significantly from the first period. He had perhaps his best save of the game against Ehlers at the 6 minute mark, keeping the Wings still in the game. He stayed with Ehlers the whole time and didn’t give him any room to score.

Despite great play from the Red Wings and plenty of chances on both ends, we remained tied at 3. Off to OT!

Score:

3-3

Shots:

26-31 WPG

Overtime

The Red Wings continued their dominance with chance after chance. Nyquist got possibly the best chance to score and came SO close with the goalie out of position but couldn’t lift the puck.

Larkin almost ended it in the last few seconds but couldn’t quite manage it at a terrible angle.

Off to the shootout we go!

Shootout

Nielsen:  ✖
Wheeler: ✖
Nyquist:  ✖
Laine: ✓
Vanek: ✓
Little: ✖
Zetterberg: ✓
Stafford: ✖

Red Wings win!!!!