The officiating in the Detroit Red Wings’ 2-1 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues had some onlookers complaining, so it makes a weird kind of sense that Justin Abdelkader’s overtime game-winning goal drew some controversy.
More than a few people believe that the deciding goal should not have counted. It’s believed that the tally was scored with a broken stick. See for yourself first:
Here are a couple reactions:
Even retired official Kerry Fraser believes it shouldn’t have counted, but also notes that it didn’t fall under the parameters of a review:
Jake Allen provided this take on the moment:
At this point, that’s just fodder for griping, as the goal – valid or not – counts for the Red Wings. Detroit breaks a two-game losing streak with this win while the Blues fall to 2-1-2 on a six-game road trip that ends on Tuesday. Detroit won both game against St. Louis in overtime this season, so put that note in the back of your mind if the Blues fall two points short of a relevant seeding race.
It was a tight game in a variety of ways, as Detroit tied it thanks to a bounce that was very unfortunate for Blues defenseman Chris Butler.
Ultimately, this game provides benefits for both teams. The Red Wings put considerable distance between themselves and the Boston Bruins for the Atlantic Division’s third spot while the Blues now have a full-point edge on the Nashville Predators for the Central Division lead. It’s a bitter pill to swallow for St. Louis, but some may try to find a bright side in the defeat at least coming after they secured a standings point.
Goals have been tough to come by so for in NBC’s game between the St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings, so Erik Cole’s 1-1 goal has to burn Chris Butler that much more.
The contest is currently tied thanks to a bad bounce for St. Louis and a gift for Detroit:
Cole scored his 21st goal of the season and third as a member of the Red Wings right there.
NBC will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Detroit Red Wings host the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena at noon p.m. ET today. In addition to NBC, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.
The St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings don’t clash anywhere near as often with Detroit now in the Eastern Conference, yet it’s probably safe to say that the teams – and especially the fans – still can’t stand each other.
Both squads should have added motivation this afternoon because they both need to steady themselves. Each team has lost two in a row, with the Blues needing to shrug off a lopsided loss to Minnesota and the Red Wings also dropping six of their last eight.
St. Louis is currently 2-1-1 on a six-game road swing that concludes in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The Red Wings begin a four-game homestand in Detroit today.
The Red Wings beat the Blues 3-2 in OT the last time these two teams met (on Jan. 15). Pavel Datsyuk was the player who scored the game-winner, and he won’t play today, according to MLive.com’s Ansar Khan.
Jake Allen saw some action after Brian Elliott was unceremoniously pulled from yesterday’s Blues loss, so one would think that Allen will start. Jimmy Howard seems likely to play in Detroit’s net.
While the Red Wings aim to stay sharp with their position as the third-ranked team in the Atlantic Division fairly well set, the Blues hope to earn a little breathing room in their race to take the Central Division crown from the Nashville Predators.
The two former division foes will meet for the second and last time today, so expect quality over quantity on NBC.