The Detroit Red Wings appeared to have things well in hand last night at the United Center, twice enjoying a two goal lead over their former Western Conference rival Chicago Blackhawks and putting themselves in a position to spoil their home opener. However, two third period goals sandwiched in between a missed offensive opportunity would send the game to overtime, and it was a costly turnover that led directly to the game winning goal from Max Domi.
The Red Wings would have to settle for only one point, though the good news is that they still have yet to lose in regulation so far this season. Afterward in the dressing room, head coach Derek Lalonde lamented what he saw as some "growing pains".
"Executing is all part of want and doing it right," Lalonde said. "We saw parts of that in the third to give us opportunities to get that fourth goal, but giving up a shorthanded goal, you just can’t do that. It’s all part of it. Some unfortunate growing pains."
"Painful," he would continue while describing the collective feeling. "We got exactly what we deserved in the third (period).
"There is some will within our team, and we'll probably look at that (third) period analytically and it's one of our better periods, (but) the inability to extend our lead an get that fourth goal, and we had a ton of chances, but it's more about keeping our lead."
The Red Wings got goals from former Blackhawks forwards Pius Suter and Dominik Kubalik along with a tally from Dylan Larkin, while Chicago countered with a penalty shot goal from speedy former Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou. They would later get 3rd period goals from Connor Murphy and Philipp Kurashev.
"I told the guys after the will is there and the want is there, it's just executing and managing your game," Lalonde said. "We didn't do that in the third period."
The Red Wings will get back at it late tomorrow afternoon at Little Caesars Arena against the visiting Anaheim Ducks.