[Ed. Note] – Enjoy our recap from an anonymous fan.
For the first time in far too long, the Red Wings got a lucky break. With only a minute or so to go in the third period, with the Wings trailing 2-1 thanks to a goal scored only a few minutes earlier by Jeff Carter, the Wings scored the flukiest goal of fluke-y goals—literally by the grace of God—when the puck bounced from the net and hit the back of Quick’s jersey and landed across the goal line into the net. As luck would have it, this sort of “boundary goal” is not reviewable and the call on the ice stood. Just like that, the Wings had a 2-2 game.
The game started off boring enough, with the first period ending at 0-0. The second period, however, is where the action began—Mike Richards drew blood first, scoring on Jimmy Howard. Almost immediately after, Henrik Zetterberg tied the game up at 1-1. There was some pushing and shoving, namely between Richards and Jimmy Howard, which almost led to the ever-rare but ever-wonderful goalie fight between Howard and Quick.
The third period opened with the score still at 1-1. Both teams battled hard for an entertaining third period of back-and-forth hockey. With 2:15 left (at 17:45) in the third, just when it was looking like the game was destined for overtime, Jeff Carter scored on Howard, making the score 2-1. And that’s when things got crazy.
Dwight King took a penalty at 18:15 for closing his hand on the puck (stupid penalty to take, if you ask me), which sent the Wings into a final pull to tie the game up. This is where the Wings’ lucky break (finally) came in. During this power play, Red Wings Niklas Kronwall shot the puck towards the net, which deflected off of Drew Doughty’s person and up into the net. No one, including the refs, seemed to notice the puck except for perhaps a few players on the ice, and when the puck bounced off of the net, it landed right on Quick’s back and into the back of the goal. The call was made on the ice as a good goal, and just like that, the Wings tied the game up. This was the Wings’ first power play goal in twenty-eight attempts, and it’s likely that this type of goal will never be seen again (mostly because it’s likely that the “non-reviewable” rule behind this type of goal will be changed following this fluke of a goal).
Just the same, the Wings and the Kings each got a point and the game went into overtime. After five minutes of overtime, neither team had scored. Mike Babcock sent Tomas Tatar as his first soldier up against Quick, and Tatar scored yet another beauty in honor of his late father. Jimmy Howard then made saves on Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, and Mike Richards to win the shootout and the game.