The Wings hadn't lost back-to-back in their first 64 games, then they did so twice in eight days. If there was ever a time to blow the door open, to dismantle an opponent and kick them when they're down, it was Sunday.
And boy, did they ever.
The Wings embarrassed the Pittsubrgh Penguins in Pittsburgh by winning, 5-1, to take a 2-1 lead in the season series. The Pens were clearly rattled and, at one point, had five different players in the penalty box at once. Winger Blake Comeau told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that "[t]here were times where maybe our emotions got the best of us a little bit."
Maybe? A little bit? We'll go with that.
Detroit Red Wings 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 1
Ottawa Senators 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1 (SO)
Three things we learned
1. The Ducks composed another third period comeback
Eventually, the Ducks are going to fall back to Earth and stop putting together so many come-from-behind victories. At least that's what logic tells us.
On Sunday, Anaheim earned its league-leading 11th win when trailing after two periods. Not only did they pull this off again, they did so against a strong opponent (Nashville) and erased a two-goal deficit. This feat propelled them to the top of the Western Conference standings.
2. Playing Pekka Rinne in back-to-back nights wasn't a good idea
Peter Laviolette opted to go with Pekka Rinne on Sunday after the Finnish netminder played the night before in Los Angeles. Laviolette has done an incredible job in Nashville, but the time has come to question his goalie management. Although he missed several weeks due to injury, Rinne has appeared in 55 of Nashville's 71 games.
Yes, Rinne is a workhorse. He can handle a big role better than most. However, the Preds need to rest him at some point if they wish to make a long playoff run this spring. With a postseason spot all but locked up, Laviolette would be wise to give Carter Hutton some more ice time.
3. A lot of Penguins can fit in the penalty box at the same time
(Screenshot via @PeteBlackburn)
Nate Thompson scored the game-winner for Anaheim to complete a two-goal comeback.
Stat of the Night
Per Elias, Rangers' 36 blocked shots are the most for the team in one game since 2005-06, when NHL started keeping stat consistently.
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) March 16, 2015