So what did the Red Wings need to stay alive, despite getting some bad luck and giving away a two goal lead with four minutes to go? Just Henrik Zetterberg playing the game of his life and Justin Abdelkader returning to the lineup and going to the net. The two players combined for nearly two full goals by themselves on Friday night.
Kyle Quincey throws a sloppy pass in the neutral zone directly to Emerson Etem. Etem gives to Kyle Palmieri, who takes a wrist shot that hits the post, bounces of Brendan Smith and goes into the net. Not much Smith could have done. Responsibility: Kyle Quincey (0.5), luck (0.5)
Valtteri Filppula gets the puck after an errant Anaheim shot, takes it behind his own net — then gives a drop pass to nobody. The puck bounces off the boards and right to Etem on the back door who deposits in the net. Responsibility: Valterri Filppula (1)
The puck is dumped into the Red Wings zone and Brendan Smith immediately loses a battle with Corey Perry. Quincey trips over Perry’s stick and/or Perry trips Quincey. The puck comes to half boards and is thrown on net, where Smith is left to battle with two guys as Pavel Datysuk meanders into the play late and goes straight for the puck instead of the third man down low. Bobby Ryan eventually scoops in a rebound. Responsibility: Brendan Smith (0.5), Pavel Datsyuk (0.5)
Pavel Datsyuk gets to a missed shot and pokes it into the corner. Zetterberg picks up the puck, protects it as David Steckel hits him, then makes a backhand pass to Datsyuk. One dangle. Two dangles. Lace. Nice screen by Abdelkader in front. Responsibility: Justin Abdelkader (0.33), Pavel Datsyuk (0.33), Henrik Zetterberg (0.33)
(Power Play) Henrik Zetterberg takes a wide-open slap shot from the left side. Good screen by Johan Franzen. Responsibility: Henrik Zetterberg (0.5), Johan Franzen (0.5)