BROOKLYN -- What happened Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn has to go down as one of the craziest games of the season.
It was the kind of game that makes you wonder what you might have done to offend the hockey gods.
The Detroit Red Wings held leads of 3-0 and 5-2 but ended up with a 7-6 loss to the New York Islanders in overtime.
The Wings fell to 21-23-9 overall and 10-12-2 on the road while the Islanders improved to 27-23-6 overall and 15-8-4 at home.
Anthony Mantha (two), Martin Frk, Henrik Zetterberg, Darren Helm and Mike Green scored for Detroit while Jordan Eberle, Brock Nelson (three, including overtime winner), Anders Lee, Nick Leddy and Josh Bailey scored for New York.
1. End of third period and overtime: At 13:27 of the third period, the Wings led 5-2 and Cal Clutterbuck cross-checked Tyler Bertuzzi on his way back to the bench. Bertuzzi turned and slashed Clutterbuck on the leg. Clutterbuck dropped to the ice until the officials called Bertuzzi for a match penalty and five-minute slashing major. Then Clutterbuck got up and skated to his bench, apparently unhurt. Bertuzzi could only watch from the dressing room in horror as the Islanders got four power-play goals from Nelson, Lee, Leddy and Bailey to take a 6-5 lead. The Wings did not give up and Zetterberg found Green going to the net and with 29 seconds remaining in regulation, Green deflected the puck past Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who had replaced starter Thomas Greiss. Because Justin Abdelkader was in the crease, the goal was reviewed by the situation room but eventually stood as a goal as was called on the ice. In overtime, Nelson completed his hat trick with 1:45 left. Petr Mrazek allowed seven goals on 29 shots.
Quotable: "I was coming to the bench and he kind of pushed me. In a heated moment, I turned and slashed. I don't think deserved a five. I think it deserved a two-minute penalty. I don't think a five. Obviously, that doesn't happen very often. It was a crazy game. Obviously, it sucks being the dressing room watching that, knowing that you took the penalty. You just gotta suck it up and eat it and own what you did." - Bertuzzi
Quotable II: "We can control one thing, that's our actions and our attitude. We can't take a penalty at that point in the game. You can't take a retaliatory penalty. It was unnecessary. The game's over, we've taken their life away and then we gave them life. Obviously the initial thing goes to Clutterbuck, Tyler reacts to that and he's got to learn just to keep skating to the bench and not react to it. Clutterbuck is a veteran player and does a good job selling the call and they called it. In the end, we don't control what they call or don't call, you can debate whether one should be a penalty or one shouldn't, how long it should be but we don't control that. What we control is our actions and you can't take a penalty at that point." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill
Quotable III: "Crazy. I have never been part of a game like this. Back and forth and that penalty and they come in and they score - I don't know how many goals they scored during that five-minute penalty. Then we come back and we tie it up and then we lose in overtime." - Zetterberg
Quotable IV: "I was right in front of it, actually. Obviously, Clutterbuck tries to cross-check Bert. Bert turns around and I think the linesman thought it was harder maybe than what it actually was." - Mantha
2. Henrik Zetterberg: The Wings captain has not failed to get points this season but goals have been a bit harder to come by. That changed at 14:40 of the first period when Zetterberg beat Greiss from the right circle. Gustav Nyquist and Green assisted. The goal was Zetterberg's seventh of the season but first in 16 games. His last goal came Dec. 29 against the New York Rangers. Zetterberg also assisted on the game's first goal when he found Mantha and Mantha scored at 2:13. Zetterberg also got the second assist on Mantha's second goal, a power-play tally at 9:54 of the third, and on Green's goal, giving him a four-point night.
Quotable: "I think when you're just in the game when the game happens, but it was a crazy one for sure. It's tough to be on the losing side in a game like this. I would rather be on the other side." - Zetterberg
Quotable II: "You got guys out there, I think Zetterberg, (Niklas) Kronwall, they're calm, calm players and so they know the game is 60 minutes long. Getting out of here, it's disappointing, it's bitter, but we got a point, let's go find a way to win in Washington." - Blashill
3. Anthony Mantha: Mantha came into the game with just one point, a goal scored on Jan. 25 against the Chicago Blackhawks, in his last nine games. Zetterberg found Mantha early in the game and Mantha made a nice move to deke Greiss and score at 2:13 of the first period for a 1-0 lead. At 9:54 of the third, Mantha deflected Kronwall's shot from the point for his second goal of the game and a 5-2 lead. The goal was initially given to Kronwall and later changed to Mantha. Mantha leads the Wings with 18 goals.
Quotable: "It's not the ending we wanted today. Obviously, we wanted two points. Every point right now for us, it's important, and losing one like that tonight kind of hurts." - Mantha
Quotable II: "it's a weird one for sure, probably one of the craziest games I've been a part of. Tough loss. But just got to forget about it and move on. We have one day between games here so just refocus for the next game." - Nyquist