Detroit will at least walk away with one point though thanks to a Tomas Tatar’s goal with just 7.7 seconds left in regulation time.
Derick Brassard spoiled the Red Wings comeback though with a power-play overtime marker. With that, the Red Wings have now lost three straight games, although they managed to pick up a point in two of those contests. The Rangers have needed more than 60 minutes to settle their last three games, but this is their first win over that stretch.
It initially looked like this game might be more one-sided as a shot from Brassard bounced off what appeared to be Rick Nash’s gluteus maximus to gave the Rangers an early lead. Although that marker was a case of Nash parking himself in the right place at the right time, he has been on fire this season with 10 goals in just 12 games. Martin St. Louis padded the Rangers’ lead in the second frame.
Nash nearly got his second goal of the night towards the end of the second period, but Jonas Gustavsson made a huge save that kept the Red Wings’ in the contest.
Perhaps more troubling than the loss itself is the fact that Gustavsson might have been hurt himself on the final play of the game. A trainer attended to him after the deciding goal and he appeared to be in pain as he skated off the ice, per MLive’s Ansar Khan.
Jakub Kindl and Daniel Cleary, who was making his season debut, each chipped in his first goal of the season.
Datsyuk hasn’t played since Feb. 27 because of a knee injury, and he was essentially shut down earlier this month because of it. But now that he has started skating, what’s next?
“Don’t know what’s next. I’ll talk to the trainers and doctors to see what’s next, but right now he’s still going through the time he needs to give it a chance to heal,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front.
The Red Wings have been ravaged by injuries this season.
According to Rotoworld, here is a list of injuries for Detroit: Datsyuk (knee); Todd Bertuzzi (flu); Jonathan Ericsson (finger); Justin Abdelkader (leg); Tomas Jurco (ribs); Daniel Cleary (knee); Henrik Zetterberg (back); Stephen Weiss (groin).
Detroit Red Wings veteran center Daniel Cleary could be facing supplemental discipline for an elbow to the head of San Jose Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan late in the third period of Thursday’s game.
The incident occurred with 1:53 left in the period, with the Sharks up by three goals. Cleary, trying to track down a puck in the slot in the San Jose end, threw out his right elbow, catching Hannan in the head, sending him to the ice.
Hannan got up and skated right for Cleary, dropping the gloves and pushing Cleary up against the glass.
Cleary was given a minor penalty for high sticking, minor for roughing and a fighting major on the play. Hannan was assessed a fighting major, an instigator and a game misconduct.
The end of the game featured some bad blood between the two teams, with Red Wings’ forward Todd Bertuzzi reportedly throwing his helmet at Sharks’ center Tommy Wingels following a scrum.