For a long time, it looked like it would stand up as the game-winning goal.
Justin Abdelkader’s short-handed goal late in the first period of Sunday’s Game 7 gave the Detroit Red Wings their second lead of the evening over the Anaheim Ducks.
In the end, Valtteri Filppula’s goal in the second period will count as the winner, as the Red Wings advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 3-2 win over the Ducks in the seventh and deciding game of the series.
But was the Abdelkader goal, which broke open a 1-1 tie, the one that killed the Ducks?
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.