Well, what do you know. It isn’t only the visiting team who can win a game at Joe Louis Arena.
Daniel Alfredsson, who narrowly missed a goal in the second period that was overruled by video review, scored his second goal of the game 1:03 into overtime on the power play, and the Red Wings got a much-needed win, 3-2 over the Calgary Flames.
Alfredsson and the JLA crowd thought he had given Detroit a 3-1 lead when he poked a puck at Flames goalie Karri Ramo about 12 minutes into the second period. The puck fluttered off Ramo and referee Dean Morton (a former Red Wings player) ruled on the ice that the puck crossed the goal line. But video review confirmed that the puck didn’t, and the goal was taken off the board.
A few minutes later, three Red Wings were sent to the penalty box in succession in under two minutes, and the Flames took advantage of all the power play time when Mark Giordano wristed a shot over the shoulder of Jonas Gustavsson to tie the game, 2-2.
The Red Wings struck first early in a game they absolutely had to win. Alfredsson got the tally at 26 seconds.
Mikael Backlund scored at 5:11 to tie the game.
Joakim Andersson got credit for the Red Wings’ second goal as his skate deflected Alfredsson’s point shot over Ramo’s shoulder at 11:38 of the second period.
The Red Wings started the overtime on the power play, thanks to a hooking penalty to T. J. Brodie at 19:18 of the third period.
The Red Wings (16-12-9) outshot the Flames, 38-22.
Detroit snapped a six-game winless streak and improved to 6-9-6 at home.
BOTTOM LINE: A win is a win. It wasn’t pretty, but it’s two points.
THE WINGED WHEELER SAYS: Plop, plop, fizz, fizz. FSD’s Mickey Redmond was right. As the teams skated off the ice after the second period, Redmond astutely pointed out that the Red Wings were about to play the most important third period of the season. “They have to win this game,” Redmond said. They did, and now let’s see what this does for the Red Wings’ confidence, because it was looking like a game of bad puck luck for long stretches, especially with Detroit dominating the SOG clock.