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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.    

SCHEDULE

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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