The Detroit Red Wings remain in the hunt for the playoffs after picking up 2 big points at the expense of the Pittsburgh Penguins. A couple of flukey goals including one in overtime by Daniel Alfredsson stunned the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 and helped the Red Wings keep pace with the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets.
The overtime goal was the second for Alfredsson on the night and his third point for the game. Gustav Nyquist also continues to have a hot hand netting his 20th goal of the season and adding an assist on Alfressons overtime winner. Tomas Tatar also chipped in with a goal in the third period.
Despite giving up 4 goals, Jimmy Howard was strong in net again stopping 39 of Pittsburgh’s 43 shots. Some of his best work of the season came in the third period when he almost single handily killed off a five-minute power play after a major penalty to David Legwand.
The Red Wings are finally showing some of the scoring ability they had been looking for all season. Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar are leading a group of young wings that are starting to find the back of the net on a regular basis. Good sign not only for this years playoff run but for the future as the pressure from the playoff push is molding the younger players into clutch goal scorers.
Tonight’s win gives the Red Wings 75 points, just one behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The next game for the Wings is on Saturday in Minnesota. The Wild are currently in playoff position but need points to stay ahead Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes. You can watch the Red Wings take on the Wild from Minnesota on Saturday. Puck drops at 2:00 pm on Fox Sports Detroit.