The hockey’s are for the most part an unfair bunch and Sunday’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings proved so.
After getting dominated essentially the entire game, the Red Wings pulled off a 3-2 win over the defending Stanley Cup champions from the Joe Louis Arena.
But to further rub salt into the open wound of the Kings, who have struggled all season, the Wings pulled off the victory when Jonathan Ericsson’s blast just trickled by Jonathan Quick with just four seconds remaining in the third.
“The funniest part, actually, was one of the linesmen was thanking me after I scored,” Ericsson said. “He said, ‘Thank you so much because I really have to go pee. I wouldn’t have lasted the overtime.’
“That was kind of funny.”
You gotta love when things seem to work out for everyone (except the Kings of course).
All this came after Alec Martinez was able to tie things up for the Kings with Quick on the bench and just 52 seconds remaining on the clock.
However aside from Ericsson’s last second heroics, the real difference maker in the game was without a doubt Jimmy Howard who for the second straight game stood on his head giving the Wings a chance to win. Howard turned away 45 shots while making some incredible saves to preserve the victory.
“We got off to a good start in the game and we knew at some point the energy wasn’t going to be very good,” Babcock said. “They really took over. But Howie made some great saves, one after another actually.
“He gave an opportunity to hang in there.”
Pavel Datsyuk and Damien Brunner had the other two Red Wings goals who have now won three straight.
h/t: Detroit News, AP (image)