Red Wings lose second straight in OT
The Red Wings lost their second consecutive game in overtime.
They dropped a 4-3 OT decision to the New Jersey Devils Saturday, November 25, at Little Caesars Arena after a 2-1 loss in extra time to the new York Rangers at Madison Square Garden the night before.
"A tight game, but it’s tough to lose in overtime again," said Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg.
Down 3-1 in the third, Detroit got goals by David Booth, his second of the game, and Anthony Mantha 1:26 apart (6:50 and 8:16 into the third period) to tie the game 3-3.
But a giveaway in the corner of the Detroit zone by defenseman Nic Jensen gave John Gibbons the overtime winner 2:32 into OT.
Goaltender Petr Mrazek stopped 21 shots for the Red Wings before he was replaced by Jimmy Howard in the third period. Howard had seven saves after Mrazek suffered a possible concussion.
But Detroit got that information late.
Mrazek was run over by New Jersey's Adam Henrique 3:56 into the third period. Henrique was penalized for goaltender interference. Mrazek was down in the net and had to be attended to by trainer Piet Van Zant. The NHL's concussion spotter called Van Zant to remove Mrazek from the game, but Van Zant didn't get the message in a timely fashion because he was on the ice tending to Mrazek.
"I don't know how it is supposed to work. In other rinks, the call has been to the penalty box, but the spotter here called our athletic trainer," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "He had to come to me and tell me that Petr needed to come out, but we weren't able to get the ref's attention. I'm going to have to go over the entire process and make sure I understand the way it is supposed to work."
Mrazek remained in the game and allowed Nico Hischier's goal 6:12 into the third period, which made the score 3-1 New Jersey. Howard then replaced Mrazek.
Said Mrazek: “I felt it after that hit. I just couldn't breathe. That's the rule. Nothing you can do about it."
Booth's first goal and first as a Red Wing came 34 seconds into the game. The 33-year-old veteran is from Detroit.
But Brian Boyle and Adam Hall (power play) scored in the first period to give the Devils a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.
Defenseman Trevor Daley missed the game with a stinger suffered Friday night against the Rangers. He is day to day, according to general manager Ken Holland. ... Martin Frk missed his sixth game with a groin injury. ... Henrik Zetterberg had an assist to move past Pavel Datsyuk into sixth place all-time on the Detroit career scoring list with 919 points. Ahead of him are Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio, Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov.