A few days ago we wrote about how Landon Ferraro would have the chance to score some goals due to Erik Cole‘s recent injury and Johan Franzen’s unavailability. While the rookie forward hasn’t made a jump up into the top-six for the Detroit Red Wings, he’s making the most of the chances that he gets. Or at least he did tonight.
With the Red Wings resting a handful number of regulars for tonight’s regular season finale against the Carolina Hurricanes, Ferraro had one last chance to show off the skills that made him one of the AHL’s most prolific scorers this year.
As expected – Smith, Abdelkader (hand), Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Kronwall all not playing this evening.
— Ted Kulfan (@tkulfan) April 11, 2015
No Pavel Datsyuk, no Henrik Zetterberg, no problem. At least not when depth players like Ferraro make plays like this.
With Detroit looking to snap a 0-0 tie with less than a minute remaining in the opening frame, the 23-year-old picked the puck up following an offensive zone faceoff. After carrying the puck down into the corner, Ferraro seems to recognize how much space the ‘Canes are giving him, so he rifles a shot from a bad angle.
Not surprising, given how much he shot the puck with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
He manages to beat two Carolina players to the ensuing rebound before taking the puck behind Cam Ward’s net. Ferraro then jams it home before the goalie could react, giving his team a 1-0 lead. It’s unclear what kind of role Ferraro will have with Detroit in the playoffs, but individual efforts like this can only help his chances of securing a regular shift.