So this seems to keep happening. Must be March. The Detroit Red Wings downed the Pittsburgh Penguins for a crucial overtime win Thursday night in Detroit. Daneil Alfredsson scored the winner with just four tenths of a second remaining on the clock before time expired.
There was a little confusion afterwards as time expired. The Red Wings celebrated, but the goal light never went on. After video review, the puck clearly had crossed the line with time remaining on the clock, just enough time.
Alfredsson led the Red Wings on a three-on-one with less than seven seconds to play in regulation. As he made it down ice, he had options on the left side, but opted to shoot. Marc-Andre Fleury actually made the initial save, but the puck appeared to bounce off defenseman Rob Scuderi and into the net.
What a remarkable goal for the Red Wings who needed that result badly. Detroit is just one point out of the last wild card spot and it's at the point of the season where every point could be a difference maker.
This just seems to keep happening. Just last week, the Canadiens scored a buzzer-beating game-tying goal and we also shared another miraculous last-second game-tying goal in a college hockey game. Up until that thrilling Texas-Arizona State game in the NCAA tournament last night, I was beginning to wonder if we'd see more buzzer-beaters on the ice than on the hardwood this March. Hockey still in the lead, it would seem (for now).