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Wings give up 3 goal lead but end up with the overtime win

April 14, 2024, 2:17 AM ET [19 Comments]
Jeremy Laura
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This game probably had every emotion a fan could feel. When Toronto comes to town, there’s a good showing of the fan base. Detroit had an incredible first period that saw Debrincat snap an 8 game goalless streak, Edvinsson got his first tally of the year, and Perron added a 4th goal in the final seconds of the first period. Then, the big guns came out for Toronto.

An honest aside, seeing Matthews score like he has could reinvigorate the sport. You hope it doesn’t happen against your team, but the league’s top scorer is just one goal shy of 70. Something many of us thought we’d never see again. It’s undeniable that Toronto has offensive weapons that Detroit would love to have, but Matthews is above and beyond even that.

I want to give a shout out to my hockey buddy. He knew I couldn’t watch because I’ve had some medical relapses. I spent most of the day in a blindfold. He would text updates and kept me apprised of the situation. To have even one friend in the world that would do that is a gift, so this is my nod to that.

I was able to do brief glimpses and things just seemed like they were going to fall apart. The captain. He doesn’t always get a lot of credit but the team and fans love the Michigan native. It was funny that his Grandmother was in the stands. She told Mike Babcock post draft that her grandson would score 3 goals every single game. Of course that’s not realistic, but a wonderful moment in time.

So, please chime in. Detroit got 2 point they needed and there’s 2 games left. Right now Detroit is tied with Washington for the last wildcard but Pitt hasn’t finished their game yet (down 4-2 after 2). Philly is also tied in points but only has one game left. 3 teams at 87 points as of now and depending on the Pittsburgh outcome, all 3 could be on the outside. 2 games left and Detroit is still in it. Yes, there is a lot that still needs to be done but this is a much needed boost.

Let me know your thoughts, and thank you all for stopping by. Without you there is no blog.

Detroit First Period goals:

After falling behind 1-0 to a Leaf’s power play, Debrincat got Detroit on the scoreboard about 90 seconds later. The cat got his first goal in 8 after Larkin intercepted a puck in the D zone, handed off to Raymond who found himself on a 2 on 1 rush with Debrincat. Nice pass across and a nice shot to finish it off. 1-1

At 13:39, just shy of 4 minutes later, Edvinsson got his first of the season after a pass to Perron behind the net came right back to #77. The 6’6” skates well and got some decent flex on the composite giving Detroit a 2-1 lead.

4 minutes later, on a power play, Debrincat struck again for his 26th of the year. Fabbri got the puck to Compher who was playing in the slot. A quick shot saw a rebound find Debrincat on his off wing and snap shot raised Detroit’s lead to 2. 3-1 DET

With just 19 seconds left in the period Perron scored and gave Detroit a 3 goal lead. Perron dumped the puck in. Compher got to it on the left side halfwall and found Kane behind the net. Kane caught Perron with a pass near the slot and a quick rip saw Detroit get one more in before the end of the period. 4-1 DET

Shots: 13-6 DET
Score: 4-1 DET

Detroit Red Wings Second Period goals:

No Detroit goals scored

Shots: 20-19 TOR
Score: 4-4

Third Period Detroit goals
No goals

Shots: 35-32 TOR
Score: 4-4

After giving up a 3 point lead in the 2nd period, this felt like a game that was imploding. With less than three minutes in the third, Detroit survived a PK and with 10 seconds left went on the power play. That carry over set up the win and it was the captain who sealed it with his 33rd goal of the year. Gostisbehere kept play alive on a failed clearing attempt and got the puck to Kane. Kane put it on net and Larkin tipped it in. 5-4 DET

Final Shots: 36-33 TOR
Final Score: 5-4 DET
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