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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog

GAME 2 FINAL THOUGHTS: Red Wings 3, Nashville 2

Saturday, 04.14.2012 / 2:02 AM ET
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Detroit Red Wings Playoff Game Day Blog


THE AMWAY QUALITY PLAY OF THE GAME


Mike Babcock wanted net-front presence in Game 2 and he got it on the game-winning goal. Just 58 seconds after Nashville had cut the lead to 2-1. Brad Stuart threw a puck at the net from the left circle, which caught Johan Franzen’s leg, beating Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne.

“I don’t know if it was lucky or not,” Franzen said. “I don’t know if he (Stuart) aimed for my leg, or it just touched it. We had a three-on-two, I passed it to Stuie and got in front and well, it went in.”



TONIGHT’S THREE STARS, POWERED BY RAM
1) Jimmy Howard – Made 24 saves and withstood six Nashville power plays in the process.
2) Johan Franzen – Scored the game-winning goal 9:57 into the second period after Brad Stuart’s shot caught his leg.
3) Cory Emmerton – Put the Red Wings up 2-0 on his first Stanley Cup playoff goal with 4:27 left in the first period.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT:
@sam_hoot That’s how you get yourself a goal. Beauty of a block and finished up by an excellent shot. #CoryEmmerton #DRWChat #NHLPlayoffs

And a special bonus Tweet from former Mike Commodore, the former Red Wing who was traded to Tampa Bay at the trade deadline.

@Commie22 Little @CEmmer48 buried his first playoff goal tonight? I didn’t see it … give me a rating out of 10 … how nice was it?

THEY SAID IT:
“It was definitely a huge game for us tonight. Going back 1-1 instead of 0-2 is huge. It’s going to be fun to go home and play in front of our crowd.”
Johan Franzen

“I don’t know. We’re just trying to do our job, trying to be big in the lanes and trying to be aggressive when we can. We’re just trying to do what we’ve talked about on the penalty kill.”
– Nick Lidstrom

“I thought we did lots of things really well. I thought we played harder with more grit, but I didn’t think we were as good defensively, and I thought we gave up better chances and had more puck luck tonight than we did the other night. We didn’t have a whole bunch of guys that skated in the third period and we allowed them to get going, which I didn’t like as much. We’ll take the best of five and go back to our building and get at her.”
– Mike Babcock

BERTUZZI, WEBER GET IT OVER WITH EARLY:
You had the feeling that given all of the talk over the last 48 hours that something was going to happen with Shea Weber and somebody. It’s one of those unwritten codes of hockey where a player who does something the other team feels is dirty, that they’ll have to answer the bell at some point.

That point was just 1:36 into game 2 when Todd Bertuzzi and the aforementioned Weber started to throw punches, with the referees letting them go for a good minute before it all ended.

“I don’t know if it inspired, but I just thought he had to do the right thing and he did,” Mike Babcock said. “I thought it was important for our team that it happened.”

“It’s hockey,” Bertuzzi said. “Things happen in a game or whatever. It’s something you’ve gotta do. Stick up for your teammates and you do stuff like that. The game was more important. It was good to get a win in here.”

STEPPING UP:
Those who needed to step up in Darren Helm’s absence did so in a big way in Game 2. Drew Miller picked up an assist on Ian White’s first period goal that opened the scoring. Then, Cory Emmerton forced a turnover before firing a beauty of a shot that beat Pekka Rinne and gave the Red Wings a 2-0 lead.

“The feeling was more that it was an important goal to go up 2-0, so I was just happy with whoever scored,” Emmerton said. “Whenever you could score and help out at the same time it’s a nice feeling.”


SCHEDULE

HOME
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80