Jeff Petry saves Red Wings season with clutch defensive play

That helps make up for his previous blunders!



Veteran Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jeff Petry has been getting plenty of flack lately from fans and media alike, and with good reason. His struggles on the ice this season are no secret, but there have also been several points during this campaign that he still demonstrates an ability to play at a high level. 

And on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Petry may have saved Detroit's season with a critical defensive play on the goal line in the 3rd period. He stopped the puck from crossing the goal line on a shot attempt from Tampa's Braden Point, which would have given the host Lightning a 3-2 lead shortly after captain Steven Stamkos tied the score with a power play goal. 

Naturally, it's easier to focus on a player's mistakes rather than the positives they bring, and with Detroit's perilous position right now, there have understandably been plenty fingers pointed in his direction. But Monday night's amazing defensive play is a sign that the battle-hardened vet still can contribute when it matters.

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