When the Detroit Red Wings took on the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night it provided some incredible highlights and lowlights for the Red Wings.
Tomas Jurco and Riley Sheahan dug the puck out of the corner and passed it to Tomas Tatar, who gave the puck to Brendan Smith for the shot. But when the shot did not beat Crawford, Tatar was ready and slipped the puck between Crawford’s legs with a little help from Oduya’s stick.
Despite how important that goal was for Detroit, Patrick Eaves goal was the most impressive one on the night for Detroit.
Justin Abdelkader‘s stick was slashed out of his hands, but he did not give up on the play and ended up kicking the puck onto Eaves stick, who sniped the puck past Crawford.
While Zetterberg received the primary assist on the play, it was Justin Abdelkader once again making presence felt with an amazing fore-checking effort, which led to him stealing the puck and getting it to Zetterberg.
Unfortunately that was not the game winner for the Red Wings because of a poor decision and errant pass from Brendan Smith that landed right on Marcus Kruger‘s tape.
This is a play that usually works for the Red Wings, but in a close game like this it would have been a better idea to put the puck into a safer area. Brendan Smith will be kicking himself for making this pass, but fortunately it did not cost the Red Wings the game.
With no more goals scored in regulation or overtime by either team, it was time for the shootout and since Mike Babcock prefers to go first it was up to: Tomas Tatar, Patrick Eaves, and Todd Bertuzzi to win the game for Detroit.
Once Tatar missed and Toews and Sharp scored it looked like another shootout loss was coming for Detroit, but Eaves and Bertuzzi had other ideas. Eaves and Bertuzzi both scored to keep the Wings’ chances alive in the shootout and it paid off when Darren Helm raced down on Corey Crawford and scored. Then it was all up to Jonas Gustavsson, who stoned Shaw and gave the Wings their third shootout victory this season.
This will be a game to remember for Red Wings fans, as it could be the game that turns the season around and focuses the team for a playoff push.