Detroit Red Wings lose in OT, 2-1; Jonathan Bernier makes 50 saves
The Detroit Red Wings’ fourth game of the week against the Dallas Stars was unforgettable.
Goalkeeper Jonathan Bernier was faced with a mountain of shots compared to the molehill the wings had aimed at the net at the Little Caesars Arena at the other end of Ice Saturday. The stars won the 52nd shot in the net 2-1 in extra time.
“It’s hard to get that performance and not win,” said Bernier.
Jamie Benn scored 32 seconds in extra time after Filip Hronek flipped the puck.
“You work overtime and it’s always bitter when you lose, especially when you give up such an unnecessary opportunity,” said coach Jeff Blashill. “We have to do better in situations like this.”
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Bernier and the penalties played the main role in the first phase. Bernier turned down 21 shots, five of them in two star power games. Bernier was the only change from the line-up, who beat Dallas 7-3 on Thursday as the wings moved forward after Dylan Larkin lost for the season along with Bobby Ryan and Tyler Bertuzzi.
Defender Dennis Cholowski scored in a first phase in which the Wings only scored three shots in the net. Bernier and the penalties were back in the second round, and the Stars scored 20 shots in the net. One of the Wings’ three shots in the net came during the penalty kick against Evgeny Svechnikov when Michael Rasmussen ran the puck into the net and fired a backhand.
“Two different periods for me,” said Blashill. “I thought the first period wasn’t that significant. We missed a couple of shots and had some real chances. The first period was fine. The second period was to us all along. We couldn’t get it.” Puck in her end. We just defended over and over and over again. “
Bernier’s shutout offer ended at 3:52 a.m. in the third half when Mark Pysyk scored on Dallas’s 44th shot. The Wings gave up a season high of 51 regular strokes and registered only 17 of their own.
The Wings (17-25-8) have six games left and play next Tuesday in Columbus.
Jakub Vrana and FIlip Zadina, who demonstrated this chemistry on Thursday when they scored two goals, started on a line with Valtteri Filppula in the middle. About five minutes into the first period, Filppula had the puck in the Dallas zone. He found Zadina charging up the left flank while Vrana came up the right. Zadina threaded the puck to Vrana, but he just missed getting his stick on before passing the net. It was a solid scoring opportunity that showed how well the two Czechs feed each other.
Cholowski, a first round winner from 2016, scored his first goal of the season in his 10th game. Evgeny Svechnikov (a selection from the first round from 2015) took a pass from Richard Panik and found Cholowski as they passed through the neutral zone. Cholovsky unleashed a shot inside the left circle that Anton Khudobin saw all the way but couldn’t stop walking into the bar at 4:17 pm.
The discrepancy in the recordings took on strange proportions over the course of the second period. Bernier made three saves during the Stars’ third power game. In the middle of the game, the shots were 34-3, with the last shot by the wings dated to Cholowski’s goal. Only 12 minutes after the start of the second half did the wings register a shot in the net, with Filppula aiming a shot on the wrist at Khudobin. Shots after 40 minutes were 41-6 to the stars.
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