Fluke Goal Sparks Detroit Red Wings Comeback Win vs. Los Angeles Kings

Isaac SmithAnalyst IJanuary 19, 2014

A bizarre goal by Niklas Kronwall helped the Detroit Red Wings force overtime against the Los Angeles Kings with only 27 seconds left in Saturday night's contest.

The Red Wings were on a power play and had pulled their goalie when Kronwall fired a shot from just inside the blue line that was deflected up in the air and appeared to hit the protective netting. The puck came off the netting, hit Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in the back and dribbled into the goal to tie the game at 2-2.

As noted by NHL.com, the league's "Situation Room" issued a ruling, stating that the play "is not a reviewable play therefore the referee's call on the ice stands."

Kings players on the ice, led by defenseman Drew Doughty, had their sticks up in the air before the puck crossed the goal line, indicating that the puck had gone out of play and hit the netting, but no official caught the puck until it was in the goal.

The Red Wings not only came back to win the game, but won at home and in a shootout. Both home wins and shootout wins have been hard to come by for the Red Wings this season, as Detroit has one of the worst home records in the NHL at 7-10-7.

The Red Wings had lost seven shootouts this season before winning one recently and this shootout win was the first of the season for No. 1 goalie Jimmy Howard.

Detroit will need to find ways to win at home on a more consistent basis, as it has just seven wins in 24 home contests so far. The sooner the Wings can get the home and shootout "monkeys" off their backs for good, the sooner they can focus on continuing to get better in the remainder of the season.

The Red Wings will get an opportunity to improve their record at home, as five of their next six contests are at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.