April 5, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov (28) and Detroit Red Wings right wing Todd Bertuzzi (44) crash to the ice in the first period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
1 Total Update since April 5, 2012
about 1 year ago Update 0 comments
In the battle for home ice in the playoffs, the Detroit Red Wings have dropped back to the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference after losing to the New Jersey Devils, ironically, on their home ice, 2-1.
The Red Wings were on the back-end of a back-to-back and the Devils came in winners of four straight, so the odds favored the Devils, who are currently the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Red Wings had plenty of opportunities to take this game, though, but the chances wouldn't light the lamp until six minutes into the second period when Tomas Holmstrom's 11th goal of the season tied things up. Petr Sykora wristed in the game-winner, though, midway through the third period and the Wings couldn't answer.