1. That Game Was Insane
To all the 15,383 who attended this matchup at PNC Arena, you got your money’s worth. This game had almost everything a hockey fan would want. Goals, fast play, great saves, and even more goals. 5v5 goal? Check. 5v4 powerplay goal? Check. 4v4 goal? Check. 4v5 shorthanded goal? Check. 5v6 empty netter? Check. What a game.
It all started with Andrei Svechnikov in the first period scoring on a fluke pass from Jacob Slavin at the 7:15 mark to earn the lead for the Carolina Hurricanes. A lead that the Hurricanes would never have to give up. But the Red Wings didn’t go away quietly. With 3:08 left in the period Anthony Mantha scored to tie the game heading into the first intermission.
The Red Wings would never come any closer.
The second period is where the craziness of this game really came into play. With six goals, three video reviews that led to one goal given and one goal taken away much to the dismay of Warren Foegele, who was looking to get his first of the season and a couple of great saves from Petr Mrazek.
Twice in this period two goals were scored less than 90 seconds apart. First, Sebastian Aho and Nino Niederreiter to extend their lead to 3-1. Then just 26 seconds after Anthony Mantha gets his second of the game at the 8:02 mark, Martin Necas netted his third of the year to keep the pressure coming onto Detroit.
We, the caniacs, are somewhat accustomed to these kinds of games. However when I wrote my three keys articles, I didn’t expect anything like the game we saw, but I will never say I didn’t enjoy the ride.