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Howard’s Heroics, Ericsson’s Late Goal Lift Red Wings

February 10th, 2013 at 10:58 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Jonathan Ericsson had just intercepted a loose puck at the blue line with time winding down

The Detroit Red Wings defenseman than ripped a slapshot right toward Los Angles Kings netminder Jonathan Quick.

Quick thought he had made the save, but the puck had trickled behind him and into the net with 4.5 seconds left. That goal was the difference as the Red Wings squeaked by the reigning Stanley Cup Champions 3-2.

Ericsson, however, refused to take all the credit for the win.

"We owe Jimmy this one, " Ericsson said, referring to goaltender Jimmy Howard stopping 45 of 47 shots.

"That's just a great play by Big E throwing it on net," Howard said. "You never know what can happen when you put the puck on net."

In a game that was hyped as a showdown between two of the league's best American-born goaltenders, the Red Wings had jumped on Quick early. Pavel Datsyuk got the Wings on the board with his fifth goal of the year at 5:44 of the first period during a power play. Henrik Zetterberg found Datsyuk outside of the Kings' blue line, and after taking the puck, Datsyuk outraced two Kings' defenders and sent the puck into the top right corner of the net past Quick.

Damien Brunner would add his sixth goal of the season after he took a pass from Zetterberg and fired a shot from the right circle into the net at 17:28.

The Kings got on the board at 19:19 when Anze Kopitar beat Howard off of a rebound.

Howard was at his best in a scoreless second period, stopping all 23 of the Kings' shots.

"If you watched that game, I think you'd say Howie stole that one for us, no doubt about that," Niklas Kronwall said.

The Kings would tie the game with 52.8 seconds left after Alec Martinez knocked a rebound in from a shot by Kyle Clifford.

Ericsson's game winner came after he had intercepted a clearing attempt by Drew Doughty, and eventually scoring the game-winner.

Quick would finish with 28 saves on 31 shots

NOTES: Howard's career high for saves also came against the Kings on January 7, 2010 when he stopped 51 shots in a 2-1 win…Red Wings coach Mike Babcock coached his 750th NHL game.

THREE STARS:

  1. DET Jimmy Howard (W, 45 saves, .957 save percentage)
  2. DET Henrik Zetterberg (2 assists)
  3. LAK Alec Martinez (goal)
Tags: Damien Brunner, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg, Hockey, Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson, NHL, Pavel Datsyuk

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