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Video: Red Wings’ Brunner plays hero in overtime

May 7, 2013, 1:30 AM EDT

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One of the best things about playoff hockey is mistakes can often be forgotten about or made up for in a short time.

Detroit Red Wings’ forward Damien Brunner admitted that Game 3 – a 4-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks – wasn’t a great game from him. But, two nights later, he scored the winning goal at 15:10 of overtime to provide the Red Wings a pivotal 3-2 victory on home ice over the Ducks.

Brunner was given a gift in overtime, when Gustav Nyquist split the Ducks’ defence on a rush up the ice. Jonas Hiller stopped the first attempt from Nyquist, but couldn’t control the rebound. Brunner followed the play and flipped the loose puck into the top corner.

“I blame myself a lot. It was not the best night of my life,” Brunner told NHL.com about a tough night individually in Game 3.

“But, you know, all the guys did a pretty good job getting my head up the next day, they were joking about it. So, obviously I’m pretty happy that it ended up like this tonight.”

The best-of-seven series is now tied at 2-2, as the two teams fly west for California.

“We had to win,” Red Wings’ goalie Jimmy Howard told the Detroit Free Press.

“It was simple as that. It didn’t matter how it looked, or who stepped forward. (Anaheim) came into this game with a lot of momentum and we had to stop them.”

 

  1. dumbassgreg - May 7, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    great game . needed after the crap in ottawa.

  2. clefty1 - May 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Redemption for Brunner…

    • polegojim - May 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Well… I wouldn’t go that far Lefty… one goal and win doesn’t make up for some VERY subpar play over time..

      Brunner and Smith have had some bad/bonehead plays and games… they needed to at least prove they should be on the ice. They’ve just barely done that.

      Same could be said for a few others – Hey… Kronwall remembered how to throw a ‘real’ check last night. Maybe he could make it two games in a row???

      Sorry for the sarcasm… but the Wings are much better then they played in games 1 and 3, and the guys mentioned above part of that ebb AND flow…

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