The fans inside Van Andel Arena were expecting a shootout between the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins and the Lake Erie Monsters Friday night. Instead, they were surprisingly informed after a six-minute wait that the Griffins had won the game in overtime a few minutes earlier.
A little over two minutes into the scoreless overtime period, Griffins defenseman Nick Jensen fired a shot on Brad Thiessen that appeared to beat the goaltender. But officials did not signal a goal as the puck remained in play with many believing it had hit the crossbar:
The overtime continued and it wasn’t until the time between the extra period and what would have been a shootout that the officials had an opportunity to review it. Once they did, they saw the puck went through the netting to the Griffins a 1-0 win and extend their home winning streak to 14 games.
"My head was a little down, and then when I looked up you could see it (the puck) go toward the net a little bit and it slung out and didn't hit the boards and came out on an angle," Jensen said via Peter Wallner of MLive.com. "I saw the net move so I was about 80 to 90 percent sure it went in."
When you've won 14 in a row at home and 21 of 25 overall, those are the breaks you get.
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