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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 43rd game

Wednesday, 01.14.2009 / 10:57 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Ducks
What was the game-changing moment?

Halfway through the third period, Dan Cleary took it upon himself to tie up the game.  The tough forward, who has been playing on the wing with Henrik Zetterberg and Marian Hossa, grabbed the puck in the Anaheim corner, and started to move up the boards towards the hash marks.  Protecting the puck from Ducks’ captain Scott Niedermayer, Cleary pulled a toe drag move on Bobby Ryan and headed towards the center of the ice.  At the top of the circle, Cleary fired off a quick snap shot, and picked his spot with precision – beating goaltender J.S. Giguere top shelf right off the cross bar.  From that point forth, it was all Wings as they pulled away for the 4-3 win.

What was the play of the night?


The Ducks sent a late flurry of action Chris Osgood’s way, and he stood his ground in front of the Detroit net to preserve the win.  His most impressive save came in the last 20 seconds, when he robbed Corey Perry of a sure goal to tie the game.  Perry’s eyes must have lit up when he watched a rebound land right on his stick, with an empty net in front of him.  But Osgood dove across the crease, stretching his leg and glove arm out, and knocked away the Perry shot.  Osgood turned away 25 shots to capture the win on the road, but that stop served as the most important and the most timely.

What was the goal of the night?

The game-winning goal of the night was also the most impressive.  Johan Franzen might be getting a call from the Tigers soon if he keeps scoring goals out of midair.  Franzen scored his second midair goal of the month by smacking in a rebound from a Pavel Datysuk shot.  Franzen hit the puck over Giguere’s shoulder, just below the cross bar.  The goal was under video review, but it was deemed a good goal by the video reviewers.  Franzen should be used to having to wait on his goals, after a tally in Minnesota on January 3 was reviewed as well.    

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89