As expected Wednesday night’s game came down to the wire–overtime in fact.
A back and forth game saw multiple lead changes and various tie scores.
The Canucks led it 4-3 late in the 3rd when a rebound found the stick of Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom in front of the net for an easy goal. The tally gave Nick 8 goals on the seaso, bettering his chances of a 20+ goal year–all the more impressive when you take into account he is 40 years old.
With regulation ending, the teams were deadlocked at fours. It would take extra time to settle this one.
The Wings have struggled all season in the extra frame, however tonight would be different. An odd puck bounce gave the always clutch Henrik Zetterberg a great open look from the left faceoff circle. He proceeded to rifle a shot under the armpit of goalie Roberto Luongo to light the lamps one last time and give Detroit their first overtime victory of the season. Ken Daniels call on the play literally gave me shivers as it really captured the intensity of the moment–if you missed it, check it out below.
Former Red Wing Mikael Smauelsson also scored a goal for Vancouver.
Beating the Canucks is definitely a good sign, although the win came with a bittersweet feeling as point leader Pavel Datsyuk was injured in the first period.
For more details on that see the post above, up next we head to St. Louis to take on the Blues tonight at 8 pm.
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