DRW Game Recap, Game 53: Cut Down (NYI 7, Det 6)(OT)

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5-2 lead in the 3rd period. It’s almost funny, really.

Almost.

The Red Wings lose, 7-6 to the New York Islanders in overtime. Some neutral parties on Twitter and other social media are already dubbing this the “Game of the Year”. I am NOT having that at all. Most Red Wings fans aren’t either–except the ones who are behind the idea of a tank, of course. This was just a major collapse from the Red Wings. A 5-minute major collapse, to be specific.

Let’s get into the recap.

1st Period

The Red Wings actually dominated this game early, looking poised and ready to run the Islanders right out of their own crappy arena. Anthony Mantha and Martin Frk both scored in the first 5 and a half minutes of the game. Mantha buried a beautiful 5-hole backhander on a mini-breakaway, and Frk roofed a wrister out in the slot in quick succession to the Mantha tally.

It looked even better for the Wings when Henrik Zetterberg made it 3-0 with a top shelf wrister from the bottom of the right circle late in the period. 3 unanswered goals in the 1st showed us that the Red Wings were ready to bounce back from the uninspired performance against Boston with a dominating win. Or so we thought.

2nd Period

The Islanders were able to respond only once in the 2nd off of the stick of Jordan Eberle. Petr Mrazek definitely wishes that he could have this one back, as he wasn’t able to close the five-hole fast enough and Eberle wristed a shot through his legs from the left circle. It was still looking good for the Wings though, up 3-1 after two.

3rd Period

The 3rd period is where the fecal matter hit the rotary oscillator. Brock Nelson brought the game within one 3 minutes into the frame, but Darren Helm and Anthony Mantha didn’t waste much time responding to that goal. Helm scored 4:40 after Nelson, and Mantha followed up on Darren’s goal 2 minutes and 12 seconds later for his 2nd of the game. It was looking pretty good at 5-2 Red Wings with less than half of the 3rd period left to go.

Well, with 6 minutes left, one of the biggest and dumbest decisions made by a player this year as well as one of the most BRAINDEAD calls I have seen this season threatened the Wings’ chance at a dominating win. The Islanders’ Cal Clutterbuck became frustrated down 5-2 and cross-checked Tyler Bertuzzi next to the benches for no apparent reason as Tyler was going for a change. Well, anyone who has ever watched Tyler Bertuzzi play knows that he doesn’t take that kind of stuff from anyone. However, the way he responded to the crosscheck was not the brightest idea–Tyler wheeled around before going to the bench and gave Clutterbuck a two-handed slash on the knee. I’ll get into the penalty a little bit later, but the ref sees the retaliation and gives Baby Bert 5 MINUTES AND A GAME MISCONDUCT. Needless to say, I disagree with that decision.

So the Islanders have a 5 minute powerplay that isn’t gone until the entire length of time is up. It doesn’t go away if New York scores on it. And they did score. Not once, not twice, not even three times. FOUR. FOUR GOALS on the 5 minute major. Brock Nelson, Anders Lee, Nick Leddy, and Josh Bailey. An extremely memorable comeback from the Islanders for every fan in the league who doesn’t wear the Winged Wheel on their cap. 6-5 New York.

Of course, though, this game was weird enough that Mike Green was able to tie it up with 29 seconds left in the period. I would have felt like the Wings didn’t even deserve this point, but looking back at the questionable 5 minute major, the Green goal seemed like it was from the hockey gods. One step towards justice.

Overtime

Nope, the hockey gods just wanted to screw with us. Brock Nelson finishes off a hat-trick in overtime, taking a pass from Matt Barzal on a 2-on-1 and burying it past Petr Mrazek to give the Islanders an improbable 7-6 win over the Red Wings 3 minutes into OT.

Five F%@*#^g Minutes?!

Let’s get a little bit deeper into the 5 minute penalty mentioned earlier that the Islanders used to fill in the Red Wings net for 4 goals in the 3rd. Like I said earlier, the decision to retaliate from Tyler was a VERY poor decision. He should not have done what he did and it came back to haunt the Red Wings. However, Cal Clutterbuck sold this penalty better than Apple sells iPhones.

The slash, when you look at it, had a decent amount of force behind it. I think that it would definitely hurt a little bit, especially on the side of the knee. But it took Cal Clutterbuck about a half a second after he got hit to DECIDE that he should fall down. You can see it working itself out in his mind in the little time after he got hit before he fell down. He figured out that, hey, he’ll probably get a penalty if I hit the ice.

Not only did Clutterbuck flop harder than a fish out of water, the refs made an absolutely HORRIBLE call giving Bert 5 minutes and a game and Clutterbuck absolutely nothing. Not only did Clutterbuck illegally crosscheck Bert before the fact, that flop was an embellishment call if I’ve EVER seen one. And if Bert deserved 5 minutes and game, there’s a lot of other stuff that there haven’t even been minor penalties called on that deserve that player getting tossed. For Pete’s sake, Alexandre Burrows kneed Taylor Hall in the head MULTIPLE times the other day and only got a double minor during the game. Yeah, he did get suspended, but if you throw Bert out of this one, HOW do you not throw Burrows out of that game?!

The 5 minute major call was absolutely atrocious, and the complete ignorance of the refs to Clutterbuck flopping like a soccer player was infuriating. I’m not saying that Bertuzzi didn’t deserve a penalty, nor am I saying that what he did was not incredibly stupid up 5-2 late in the 3rd. However, I think that it’s the consensus from everyone except the referee crew and Islanders’ fans that Bertuzzi in no way deserved a 5 minute major. And yes, the Red Wings should have worked harder to kill that penalty for sure, but that doesn’t change the fact that they should not have been in that situation.

I’ll let you decide what you think about this call.

Player of the Game

To give a P.O.T.G honor out after this loss just tastes so bitter. If it goes to anyone on the Wings, it has to go to Anthony Mantha for his 2-goal game. The goals were his 17th and 18th goals of the year. It is definitely still a possibility for Mantha to reach 30 goals, but it’s almost a guarantee now that he’s going to get at least 20. He’s been one of the brighter spots on the Wings this season along with some of the other young players like Larkin and AA.

It’s nice for the Red Wings to finally have a bonafide goal scorer again. The Red Wings haven’t had a 30-goal scorer since 2008-2009, when Marian Hossa, Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk, and Henrik Zetterberg all peaked over the 30 score mark. Hossa finished with exactly 40 goals that year, and I truly believe that a 40-goal season could someday be a reality for Anthony Mantha.

Game 54

@ Washington Capitals(32-17-5, 69 pts)

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

3:00 PM ET

FS-Detroit

Preview

The Caps are quietly having a pretty good season again in the capital city. Washington currently has 32 wins, 17 losses, 5 OT/SO losses, and 69 points(nice). They are being overshadowed by teams like the Lightning, Bruins, and Golden Knights, but the have once again asserted themselves as one of the top 10 teams in the league. They currently lead the Metro Division by 5 points over Pittsburgh and have 4 games in hand over the Pens.

Of course, Alex Ovechkin leads the Caps in points and goals with 58 and 32. Evgeny Kuznetsov is second in points with 52 and John Carlson is third with 42. The big thing in this game is going to be not taking too many penalties. The Caps are only 13th in the league in powerplay percentage at 20.8, but if you take too many penalties, we all know that Alex Ovechkin is eventually going to blast one into the back of your net from the left circle. They’ve got to be smart, and they definitely can’t take another 5 minute major because a Caps player all of the sudden forgot how to stand.

Brendan Boyd

About Brendan Boyd

My name is Brendan Boyd. I am looking to get into writing as a career. I have a deep passion for sports and would love to work in anything that has to do with them. I love Michigan and the Red Wings the most, but the Tigers and Lions aren't too far behind.
Brendan Boyd

Brendan Boyd

My name is Brendan Boyd. I am looking to get into writing as a career. I have a deep passion for sports and would love to work in anything that has to do with them. I love Michigan and the Red Wings the most, but the Tigers and Lions aren't too far behind.

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