On a night where it looked as if the Wings were destined for more shootout frustration veteran Daniel Alfredsson‘s overtime blast avoided such a scenario and sent the Joe Louis Arena crowd home happy for the first time this month.
But, like most Wings’ games this year nothing came easy.
Detroit took the lead twice throughout the game only to see the Flames find the equalizer each time. Midway through the second it appeared as though the Wings had taken a 3-1 lead, however, the video replay showed that Alfredsson’s chip shot hit the crossbar and came straight down without crossing the goal line.
Moments later the Wings found themselves in penalty trouble and Calgary’s captain Mark Giordano tied the affair with a shot that found its way under the bar.
Yet, unlike recent games where the Wings folded the tent under difficult circumstances, Thursday night was a different story. Detroit dug in and finally found a way to win a close game.
It was a solid sixty minute effort that saw the Wings outshoot Calgary 38-22 in the game.
It was two veteran forwards that led the way for the injury riddled club on this night.
Pavel Datsyuk was a game breaker all night assisting on all three Red Wings’ goals. And, first star Daniel Alfredsson showed the type of form that had Wings fans so excited when Detroit signed him as a free agent this summer.
He wired two goals past Flames’ netminder Karri Ramo and added an assist on route to his own 3-point night.
The Wings are back in action Saturday night when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs with HBO cameras rolling and they will return home to play the New York Islanders on Monday. Get your Detroit Red Wings tickets here.