No miraculous run is going to extend their 25-season playoff streak, but the games still matter to them. We're getting ready for a tough three games and then a night off and Tampa the next day. In other words, it wouldn't take much more than a good shove or an ever-so-slight incidental contact to get things going between these two Atlantic Division teams.
Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg opened the scoring 8:03 into the second period. "We've got three in three".
"Now it's nearly as if we had such a comfortable lead, we threw it on cruise control for a bit". This year, some fathers and children who went to games together years ago, have returned for one last game for a sentimental journey. We've won lots of those third games. "Be comfortable in these types of matches". The packed house at the Joe was watching as Lightning forward Adam Erne threw down with Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou.
With just 18.5 seconds left in the period, Mike Green tied it for Detroit after Minnesota's Charlie Coyle lost a defensive zone faceoff.
"It's important to be professional and still come to work every single day, go out there and wear this uniform with pride,"Jimmy Howard said after celebrating his 33rd birthday with another strong outing". It was Prosser's first goal in 107 games.
"There's a huge goal here, and we've talked about it lots, of making sure we continue this culture, which I think separates us from lots of teams in this league", Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. Tomas Tatar scored on a Detroit power play just 55 seconds into the third period. This reminds us a lot of WWE Cruiserweight "Gentleman" Jack Gallagher.
On Athanasiou's victor, he took a stretch pass from Gustav Nyquist and deked Dubnyk before sliding the puck into the net. I liked the ice service, the ice was always good. "I saw them load up for the shot and Howie made a nice, played it nicely and Gus made a great pass".
Nikita Kucherov completed the comeback in overtime, scoring his seventh goal over the last four games and 17 goal since February 21 after working a well-executed give-and-go with Brayden Point. Zetterberg's next power-play goal will be the 100th of his National Hockey League career. Wild D Ryan Suter has established a career high with nine goals this season.
Surprisingly enough, this isn't where the attention of everyone in attendance at Joe Louis Arena was focused.
Despite being on track to miss the playoffs for the first time in 26 seasons, there are some silver linings to the disappointing 2016-17 campaign for the Red Wings. A couple of cheap cross-checks from behind from Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader to Lightning forward Joel Vermin would cause a bit of a dust-up.