DETROIT RED WINGS
NEW YORK RANGERS
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK
“Original 6” match up featured two of the best goaltenders in the NHL. Both Jimmy Howard for Detroit and Henrik Lundquist of New York showed why they are both representing their countries at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month. Through two periods of hockey they could not be seperated or outdone.
Both teams battled hard in the first period to gain the upper hand. Derek Stepan and Brad Richards both with early chances but could not beat Howard. Detroit who has been struggling on the Powerplay, dating back 5 games going 0/21, had two chances in the first period which generated some momentum but could not find the back of the net. Tomas Jurco had the best opportunity for the Redwings. Second Powerplay did not go so well for Detroit as Dominic Moore and Rangers ‘C’ Ryan Callahan streaked through to both have short handed chances, only to find Jimmy Howard standing tall. Shots were 18-15 in favour of the Rangers at the end of the first.
Second period took off where the first period ended. Both Goalies coming up big when their team needed it. Nicklas Kronwall took an early penalty for hooking and the Rangers went to the Powerplay. Some early pressure on the lead to some chances but Howard stonewalled them. They would go 0/1 on the Powerplay. New York went on to control the majority of the 2nd period, Detroit just couldn’t seem to hold possession. This period saw some of the best goaltending we have seen in any game all season. Big chances for Hagelin and Rick Nash in the second, they kept peppering the Detroit goal with shots. Howard faced 4 shots within 40 secs with 9 minutes to play. The only breath of life from the Wings came when the Rangers had their 2nd Powerplay of the game. Drew Miller for the Redwings had a huge opportunity Shorthanded to put his team on the board but Lundquist said NO.
Third period was a see-saw affair with both teams coming out firing shots, knowing all too well the stake this game has on the Eastern Conference. Biggest chance was Henrik Zetterberg shot on Lundquist at 13:37 which cuffed him high and the rebound was banged away. Bertuzzi for the wings and Brassard for the Rangers swapped chances on goal with big efforts from their respective goalminders coming up big.
It was the Rangers however who would strike and put home the loan goal of the game. After a big shot by Detroit down the opposite end, Benoit Pouliot with the puck streaked forward giving it to Derick Brassard who set up Mats Zuccarello on the left side. He was looking across goal and made the pass which bounced off Brian Lashoff’s stick and took an awkward bounce into the net. Howard was looking pass across the net and was caught out. The goal was Zuccarello’s seventh, 3rd period goal and 12th of the season.
Detroit pulled Jimmy Howard with 54 secs left and took a time out to regroup and work out their strategy. Gustav Nyquist had a late chance which rang off the left bar and almost crossed the goal line if it weren’t for Henrik Lundquist’s observance of his goal mouth the puck would have trickled over the line. He reached back and stopped it with his glove.
New York Rangers hold on for a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Redwings. First shut-out victory over Detroit since 1976.
- Detroit now go 0 for 23 through 6 games on the powerplay.
- Henrik Lundquist produces his 3rd shut-out of the season.
- Jimmy Howard saves 47/48 shots. Save percentage of .979
- Detroit shut-out 2 games consecutively.
- Shots were 48 – 38 in favour of New York.