Detroit Red Wings Collapse in the 3rd, Lose 4-3

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The Detroit Red Wings come close, but can’t rally after their 3rd period collapse, as the Chicago Blackhawks force a Game 7 by winning this one 4-3.

With their 2nd chance to put the Blackhawks out of their misery, you’d have to wonder if the Red Wings really realized how important the game was coming out in the beginning. They weren’t playing with the urgency and power that everyone anticipated that they would, having the chance to take the series on home ice. The Blackhawks would open the scoring early off a bad power play goal. At just 3:53, the puck was taken into Jimmy Howard, and a few players collapsed in and scrummed for it. Marian Hossa took advantage of the situation to come it, pick the puck out of the crowd and just let it slide into the goal just as it came up off its moorings. After a review to be sure the puck went in first, it was awarded to them for their first of the game. The Red Wings wouldn’t tie it up till the closing moments of the period. At 18:51, Drew Miller put a slap shot on Corey Crawford from the blue line, which was steered away. Patrick Eaves picked up the rebound in front of the net and put it by Crawford’s leg to tie the game. Brendan Smith picked up the secondary assist. Shots after the period were tied 10 apiece.

The second period was less eventful offensively, but much more entertaining in terms of chippy play and grinding. Red Wings successful killed off 2 back-to-back penalties, which after continuing the slow play from the first period, seemed to swing momentum in their favor. Halfway through the period, at 10:11, Joakim Andersson brought the puck into the Blackhawks’ zone, covered by a defenseman. He let loose a knuckling wrister from the faceoff circle, that found its way over Crawford’s glove and into the net for the Red Wing’s 2nd of the night, and Andersson’s first career post-season goal. Jakub Kindl picked up the assist. The Red Wings mustered 17 shots in the period, to take a 27-20 lead in shots after two.

The third period is where the Red Wings decided it was time for their defense to fall apart. The Blackhawks evened it up just 51 seconds into the period, as Michal Handzus was left undefended in front of Howard. He took a pass, took his time picking out his shot, and beat Howard on the far-side to tie the game 2-2. They would then take the lead shortly after, as at 5:48 Bryan Bickell was, again, left undefended in front of Howard. Kyle Quincey had his stick broken in a fight for the puck along the boards. Jonathan Toews won the puck, and put it to Bickell who put it past Howard to make it 3-2. The 4th goal was very much a salt-in-the-wound goal, as Carlo Colaiacovo took a very weak slashing call against Michael Frolik, who was awarded a penalty shot. He brought the puck in at Howard, put it to his backhand and flung it past Howard for their 4th goal at 9:42. Henrik Zetterberg was given a tripping call just 1:23 left in the game, and Hossa shortly after took an evening-call, putting them 4-on-4. That led to a goal by Damien Brunner at 19:08, who took a pass at the top of the slot from Pavel Datsyuk, and put a slapper into the open side of the net to make it 4-3. They’d fail in the final rally, though, as the Blackhawks successfully force the Game 7.

They kept pushing through the second period. If they had kept that kinda play all through the 3rd they would have had it, bad calls or non-calls aside. Good teams play through both situations and persevere. They didn’t do that in the 3rd period. They more of collapsed. It’s been a curse for them all year now, and I’ve said it from the start, you won’t win games that way. This is the perfect example of that.

Game 7 will officially be Wednesday night at 8 o’clock in Chicago. See you there with fingers crossed, Nation.

-Nathan Webb


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  1. Refs were total garbage..bad penalty shot call..why is Smith paired with Quincey?..they are both worthless..seemed to be out there on just about every goal..very frustrating!! I cannot stand this NBC coverage and their commentators..Nothing But Chicago!!

  2. there was no last minute rally it was trying to make it more exciting to fill them seats nothing more detroit was never gonna win no matter what so whatever

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