The Penguins were holding a 3-1 lead with approximately four minutes remaining at Joe Louis Arena. Then Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg happened. They're both still amazing. Really. Declining in their age? Sure. But both of those guys can still bring it at an elite level.
Thomas Greiss was in net for the Penguins, and up until the end of game meltdown by the entire team, he looked really solid. He seems like a very structured goalie who is always making sure he is on his angles. He doesn't seem to leave the net very much, but can handle the puck well when he does. He even took advantage of a rebound situation to spring a Penguins 2-on-1, which led to the opening goal.
Great pass by Blake Comeau to set up Pascal Dupuis with the goal.
Olli Maatta continues to shine and had another 'wow' moment, when he suddenly decided to take the puck to the net in a situation where it wasn't expected. The puck squeaked past Jimmy Howard, and Pascal Dupuis made a nice little, subtle, interference play.
Adding to the 'wow' moment is the player that was turned inside-out wasn't your average scrub, it was Pavel Datsyuk.
As time was ticking away, Zetterberg seemed to just take over the game. He caught the Penguins in a situation where their defensemen were spread just a little too wide, and it was just enough room.
Incredible. That pass by Danny DeKeyser was something else.
Pavel Datsyuk couldn't let Zetterberg shine in the moment, and made just a remarkable play that led to the game tying goal. Running out of time, a pass came to Datsyuk, and rather than shoot from a bad angle that Greiss had covered, he made the play that no one was expecting. The quick pass to Niklas Kronwall, which he tied the game on.
Takes marbles of stone to pass up a shot like that to make a pass. Datsyuk is amazing.
The Red Wings went on to win in Overtime, and for me personally, after the way the 2nd and 3rd Red Wings goals were scored, you just expected the OT goal.
The Pens go to Nashville tomorrow night to face the Predators. Some Nashville perspective can be seen at our SB Nation Preds site, On the Forecheck. Some Western Conference games have been 'blah' over the years, but I think a lot of people will be looking forward to this one, due to the Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling trade for James Neal, which happened this past offseason at the draft. Should be an interesting one.
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