Jimmy Howard did it all for the first 59 minutes Sunday afternoon.
After the Los Angeles Kings struck in the final minute to even the score, the Detroit Red Wings goaltender needed a little help from Jonathan Ericsson to ensure his team a victory.
Ericsson scored with 4.5 seconds remaining and Howard made 45 saves as the Red Wings pulled off a thrilling 3-2 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions in front of a big crowd at Staples Center and a national-TV audience.
“We played a hell of a game again. Disappointing. Remember, I hate to say ‘I told you so,’ but I told you so. Three-two.”
“That was probably our best 60 minutes in a long time. Now we’ve got to forget about the last 10 seconds. We’ve got a game tomorrow, and probably, especially in a shortened season we won’t have time to sit here and talk about ‘what-ifs’.”
“I would say arguably that was our best game this year. If we play like this, I think there’s a good chance we’re going to win more games than we’re going to lose. It’s a short season and we can’t hang our heads. It sucks for everybody. You can’t look back, you’ve gotta look ahead.”
SIR KEATON ELLERBY III
“It’s always tough jumping into a new team with new systems, and stuff like that, but I thought I caught on and was just trying to play simple tonight. I thought we put in a solid effort tonight. Their goalie made some big saves, kept them in the game. But I think overall we played a really good game. We’ve got to build on that and keep going forward from there.”
“The funniest thing is actually that one of the linesmen was thanking me after I scored, and he said, ‘Thank you so much, I really had to go pee. I wouldn’t last overtime,’ so that was kind of funny.”
- Associated Press: Late goal lifts Red Wings to 3-2 win against Kings
- The Sports Network: Ericsson beats the clock, Red Wings beat Kings
- RedWings.com: Datsyuk does it all in Wings’ win
- Detroit Free Press: Ericsson wins it with 4.5 seconds left
- Detroit News: Ericsson’s blast with four seconds left beats Kings