DETROIT -- After falling behind by two goals in the third period, the Red Wings mounted a feverish comeback to tie the game, but for the second straight night they fell in overtime as they were defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena.
Goalie Jimmy Howard was credited with the loss after starter Petr Mrazek was forced to leave the game (concussion protocol) after being elbowed in the head by Adam Henrique in a third-period goal mouth collision.
Detroit's offensive catalyst was David Booth, who paced the Wings with his first two goals of the season.
Anthony Mantha also scored for the Wings.
With the overtime defeat, the Wings fell to 10-9-5 on the season and return to action on Tuesday night when they host the Los Angeles Kings.
1. David Booth: Booth was a long shot to make the Red Wings coming out of training camp. Signed to a professional tryout by the Wings, the Detroit native won his teammates over with a motor that never quits and a work ethic which earned him a spot on the team. Heading into Saturday's game, Booth had appeared in five games, notching one assist and was an even player. Against the Devils, he scored twice on four shots and was a plus-1 in 9:44 of ice time. He also saw time on captain Henrik Zetterberg's line. Booth's first tally was his first goal since March 31, 2015 vs. Tampa Bay -- a stretch of 970 days and 10 games played. His second goal that tied the game at 3 was his first multi-goal game since March 13, 2015 at Calgary.
Quotable: "It's pretty special. It's been a long career, ups and downs, and I think a lot of people had kind of given up on me. At times, I had given up on myself. But my family, my wife, I know God has never given up on me. So, it was really cool just to come out here and help contribute tonight. Being in and out of the lineup, just really enjoying being here, coming to the rink every day, being very grateful for this opportunity to play for the Detroit Red Wings. So, it's been awesome." - Booth
Quotable II: He (Booth) stays with it. He works so hard every day. Got to be one of the hardest-working guys I've been around. If you asked our players, they'd say the same thing. He's got a positive attitude. It's a bit of a lesson to lots of people. When you sit out lots, it's easy to get down and feel sorry for yourself and do those types of things. All he did was make sure he was ready when he got a chance. I thought he was good against Calgary, he didn't get rewarded. I thought he was excellent tonight, he'll get rewarded (with more playing time)." - Blashill
2. Anthony Mantha: Make no mistake about it, Mantha wants to be a star in the NHL. On Saturday, he once again proved why the Red Wings need their big, offensively gifted winger to bring it every night. Mantha was a terror on the ice. In 19:36 of ice time, he fired four shots on net and scored his 11th goal of the season to pull the Wings to within one in the third. On his goal, Mantha used Dylan Larkin as a decoy on a two-on-one and launched a laser of a shot which picked the top corner of the far side of the net. With his 11th goal he is tied for 15th in the NHL in that category.
Quotable: "He was excellent tonight, one of the best players on the ice. Larkin, him and Tats (Tomas Tatar) created tons of chances. I thought he was excellent tonight." - Blashill
3. Petr Mrazek : After a shaky start at the beginning of the game, which can be attributed to being a little too amped, Mrazek was solid in goal once he settled down. However, after being knocked in the head by the Devils' Adam Henrique early in the third period, Mrazek lay motionless in his crease. He was able to collect himself and continued to play until the Red Wings bench was notified Mrazek may have suffered a concussion. Mrazek was then pulled from the game and replaced by Howard.
Quotable: "I didn't feel any pain in my head. I just couldn't breathe. I lost the breath for a little bit. The guys told me it took them a little while to figure out that the league called them. There wasn't any whistle in between. When they score I saw some guys and Blash shouting to me that I have to go with the head out. It was frustrating. I start feeling that my game was getting better and that happened. There is nothing you can do about it." - Mrazek
Quotable II: "It's an interesting process. I've seen it a couple different ways. I've seen where they call to the box and they blow the horn. This one came to our trainer and that's a real weird kind of spot to put our trainer in, to be honest with you. (Athletic trainer) Piet Van Zant comes to me, obviously a ways after the collision, and says 'He's got to come out.' We were trying to get the ref's attention and we couldn't get the ref's attention. It was actually the whistle before the play that he ended up getting scored on. Then that play continued, he got scored on and now he's got to come out. I get it. We want to protect players and obviously concussions are a tough deal. There is no easy solution in this league." - Blashill