On Friday, December 6th, the Detroit Red Wings took on the New Jersey Devils in Newark.
The Red Wings ended up winning the game 3-1, but the victory did not come without a great save and controversy.
Detroit was down 1-0 in the second period and without Jonas Gustavsson it could have been 2-0, but Gustavsson reached back and stole a goal away from the Devils.
The big save by The Monster kept the Wings in the game, light a fire under the team, and started the dramatic comeback.
The comeback was not without controversy though. In the last-minute and a half, Cory Schneider was called for a delay of game penalty because the official believed he had played the puck outside of the trapezoid area.
Taking a look at the replay of the penalty, it shows that it was a terrible call by the referee and not a penalty at all. The ref got this one wrong and to put salt on the wounds for Devil fans, Tomas Tatar scored the Wings’ 3rd goal of the game just seconds after the power play had started.
On Saturday, December 7th, the Detroit Red Wings Red Wing fans were about to feel the same way the Devil fans did the day before.
The Red Wings were up 1-0 on the Panthers when Shawn Matthias threw a puck on net and even though the puck was under Gustavsson’s pad the ref never blew his whistle, which allowed Jimmy Hayes to puck the puck into the net and tie the game.
The puck was visible, but it was under Gustavsson’s pad. The referee made the wrong call not to blow the whistle on this play, but that was not the only call that went against Detroit in this game.
Later in the second period, Todd Bertuzzi was called for goaltender interference despite being pushed into Tim Thomas by a Panther.
Bertuzzi probably could have stopped further away from Thomas and the push was not egregious, but it was enough to knock him off-balance. It certainly was not worth a penalty.
The Panthers went on to beat the Red Wings 2-1.
These are two perfect examples about how calls can help and hurt the Detroit Red Wings, but despite the bad calls that went against them while playing the Panthers it is never an excuse for a loss.