In a highly anticipated matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Little Caesars. David Perron stole the show in the third period. Perron scored a hat-trick, preventing Pittsburgh from crawling back from down 3-0 early. The Red Wings, who had been struggling as of late to find the back of the net. Having only scored nine goals in their previous six games, clearly broke out of that funk in tonight’s game. Scoring seven goals in total.
After the game, Perron shared his thoughts on his hat-trick performance, stating. “It’s nice to contribute and help out. I haven’t done it nearly enough recently, so that felt good.”
Lalonde goes LIVID
Coach Derek Lalonde challenged a Pittsburgh goal due to possible interference by Jeff Carter. Unfortunately, Lalonde lost the challenge and was ejected from the game after he confronted the referees. This left the Red Wings without their head coach for the remainder of the game, with Bob Boughner taking over behind the bench. This was Lalonde’s first time being ejected from a game. Postgame, the press was eager to hear from Lalonde, but Boughner surprised everyone by walking in and jokingly saying. “We couldn’t find the keys for Newsy, the cuffs are still on him in the back,” as he took over the postgame press conference for Lalonde. Meanwhile, Twitter had some with it.
Perron’s Heroics Lifts Red Wings Past Penguins, Recap:
Detroit dominated the first period, scoring three goals on just eight shots on goal. The trio of Jonatan Berggren, Andrew Copp, and Dominik Kubalik were responsible for finding the back of the net.
However, the Penguins quickly turned the tide in the second period, taking care of their power play opportunities. Scoring three unanswered goals in just nine minutes, two of those coming with a man advantage. Additionally, the game was marred by controversy when a Pittsburgh goal was challenged by Derek Lalonde due to possible interference by Jeff Carter. Moreover, Lalonde lost the challenge and was ejected from the game after giving the refs an ear full. Leaving Bob Boughner to take over behind the bench for the remainder of the game.
In a closely contested third period, David Perron stepped up to the plate. Almost single-handedly securing the win for the Red Wings with his hat-trick. The night was capped off with an empty-net goal by Dylan Larkin, his 27th of the season.
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