Late Comeback Not Enough For Detroit In Shootout Loss To Anaheim

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IOctober 30, 2008

Despite Henrik Zetterberg's and Pavel Datsyuk's best efforts, Detroit was on the receiving end of a 5-4 overtime loss in Anaheim last night, giving Detroit their first loss on the road this season in six games.

Detroit staked themselves to a nice 3-1 lead in the second period on the strength of two goals from Pavel Datsyuk and one from Henrik Zetterberg. Unfortunately, the Ducks came out flying for the rest of the game.

Selanne gave the Ducks a glimmer of hope by making it 3-2 with his second of the night with just a minute left in the second period. He then scored his third goal of the game to tie it, two of his goals coming from 5-on-3 powerplays.

Sutherby put the Ducks ahead for the first time all game just a short time later and it looked like the game was over for the Wings. Henrik Zetterberg had other thoughts though and he scored his second of the game to make it 4-4 and send it into overtime.

Unfortunately for the Wings, Francois Beauchemin was able to slam home a rebound just 1:39 into overtime and the Ducks were able to get the extra point, leaving the Wings with a 7-1-2 record. Ryan Getzlaf's assist on the goal gave him a new Ducks record with five on the night.

Chris Osgood played well in the loss, stopping 29 of 34 shots while Jean-Sebastian Giguere stopped 34 of 38 for the victory.

Adam's Thoughts and Rants

I think it's a good idea to start off with the bullshit call made on the Beauchemin overtime goal. Since when are goals allowed when the player knocked the puck in when it was over the crossbar? Toronto messed up big time and the Wings had to pay for their incompetence.

What the hell is up with the defence? The "strong" point of the team played another dismal game and the offense has carried this team to it's 7-1-2 record. I look at it this way, the only way the defence can go is up and I hope it starts tonight in San Jose.

Also, was Babcock awake during the game? The one and only Mikael Samuelsson played more then any forward except Zetterberg and Datsyuk and he was just a couple of minutes away from them. Seriously, maybe we would have won if the right players were on the ice more (Hossa, Filppula, Hudler).

Adam's Player of the Game

Henrik Zetterberg. This was a tough choice between him and Datsyuk but Zetterberg had more ice time, shots and a better plus/minus. They were both great today and I hope it continues.