Suter lifts Wings to victory after shootout gaffe by Strome
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By Mike Gould1 year ago
For one terrible second on Thursday, it appeared the Detroit Red Wings were done for.
It was the fifth round of the shootout. The Red Wings and New York Rangers had played to a 2–2 tie through 65 minutes at Madison Square Garden.
@Lucas Raymond and @Mika Zibanejad traded goals to start the skills competition but the next seven shooters failed to score, setting the stage for Rangers forward @Ryan Strome to win the game in the bottom of the fifth round.
Strome skated in on Red Wings goaltender @Thomas Greiss and managed to make the 36-year-old German lunge out of his crease to attempt a poke-check. Greiss missed, opening the door for Strome to slide the puck into the yawning cage.
Strome’s whiff gave the Red Wings new life. @Pius Suter went next (taking his first-ever NHL shootout attempt), beating @Igor Shesterkin over his blocker to give Detroit a 2–1 advantage.
Greiss denied @Filip Chytil on the Rangers’ final shot to seal a 3–2 victory for the Red Wings.
@Troy Stecher and @Dylan Larkin scored in regulation time for Detroit, with Zibanejad and K’Andre Miller tallying for the home side. The Rangers fell to 31–13–5 with the loss.
New York controlled the shots 39–33 through the first 65 minutes of play. Greiss stopped 37 shots in regulation, improving to 8–7–1 with a .902 save percentage on the season.
Playing in his first game since Feb. 9, Red Wings defenseman @Filip Hronek logged 23:26 but failed to register a point. @Adam Erne, @Moritz Seider, and Danny DeKeyser recorded assists in the game.
The Red Wings (23–22–6) won’t return to game action until Feb. 23, when they’re scheduled to host the formidable Colorado Avalanche (35–9–4) at Little Caesars Arena.
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