Mike Babcock does not usually address his team after games. The Detroit Red Wings head coach deviated from that norm Thursday night.
The Red Wings led 2-0 in the third period before Johnson scored with 5:26 remaining. He then assisted on Ondrej Palat’s tying goal 77 seconds later.
Joakim Andersson’s shot bounced routinely off Bishop and up in the air, but when Bishop tried to bat the puck away with his stick, he instead accidentally knocked it back off the crossbar.
The home crowd, of course, loved Abdelkader’s defense of his teammate, and proud chants of “Abby! Abby! Abby! Abby!” filled the arena.
Petr Mrazek made 22 saves for his first postseason shutout.
Mrazek does not deny that there is pressure to perform, but if it bothers him, he is not admitting it.
Detroit expects to have left wing Justin Abdelkader back from a hand injury — he hasn’t played since April 4.
“I don’t think people really know how much he means to this team,” Kronwall said Monday after the team practiced at Joe Louis Arena.
Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll has been released from jail after his arrest on a felony drug charge at a Las Vegas resort.
Babcock suggested grit, not talent, will take the Red Wings further in the playoffs.