Both teams played well at the start. Cam Talbot and Jimmy Howard matched each other shot-for-shot, with the youngster Talbot showing some impressive mettle in particular. The first real mistake of the game was made late in the first period, as a Ranger turnover led to a two-on-one for the Wings. Drew Miller opened the scoring on this two-on-one, firing one past Talbot at 17:12 for his first of the year. Joakim Andersson and Danny DeKeyser were credited with the assists. The Wings led 1-0 after one.
The Rangers came out with fire in the second period; they badly outplayed the Wings in the frame. But Howard made some superb stops (one in particular on Ryan McDonagh) to keep it 1-0. But New York found a way to equalize at 17:20, when former top-five pick Benoit Pouliot poked home a goal on the man advantage. Brian Boyle and McDonagh assisted on Pouliot’s first of the season. But at 19:49, Daniel Alfredsson put the Wings back on top with a power play goal of his own. Pavel Datsyuk assisted on Alfredsson’s second of the year. Despite getting outshot 16-8 in the second period, the Wings led 2-1 after two. The Rangers were 0-5 this season when trailing after two.
New York equalized again early in the third, as Mats Zuccarello scored his first of the season at 2:18. Dominic Moore and Marc Staal assisted. Both teams would have chances in the period (one power play apiece), and again, both goalies (mostly Howard) stood tall. The game went into overtime 2-2.
The Wings, despite being outplayed for the majority of the game, managed to hang on and almost force a shootout, but Derick Brassard had other ideas. The former Blue Jacket scored the winner with 13 seconds left to give the Rangers a 3-2 win in Detroit. Pouliot assisted as a stunned Mike Babcock could only look on.
The Wings fall to 6-4-2 on the season with a disappointing effort against the Rangers. They’ve been outscored 15-5 in the last four after outscoring the opposition 14-7 in the previous four; they went o-2-2 in the former and 4-0-0 in the latter. They gave the puck away a whopping ten times in this one. Nothing seems to be clicking for Mike Babcock’s troops right now; a winless homestand is a problem and should serve as an early wake-up call. At any rate, if you’re panicking about the Red Wings right now, please calm down. The Atlantic Division is very tight at the moment; Boston, Tampa, Toronto, and Detroit all have 14 points. Boston has played very well to this point, and that will probably continue. Tampa and Toronto have probably overachieved. Detroit has underachieved. There are 70 games left, not 17. This team is talented and well-coached. They’ll figure it out.