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Three Questions: Wings-Oilers

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 52nd game

Saturday, 02.7.2009 / 5:46 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Oilers
How did the Red Wings jump ahead so early?

When the Oilers gave the Red Wings an early opportunity to take the lead, they jumped on it, and never looked back. Goalie Dwayne Roloson slashed Dan Cleary between the legs 42-seconds into the game, and the Wings got revenge on the power play. Brian Rafalski took a pass, walked in to the top of the circle, and rifled a slapshot past Roloson. Marian Hossa made the goal happen, however. The Wings’ leading goal-scorer took a pass from Jiri Hudler, and instead of catching the puck with his stick, allowed the Edmonton defenseman to attack him and redirected the puck with his skate blade right onto Rafalski’s stick.

The Wings capitalized on their next power play opportunity as well, when Hossa scored his 29th of the season after tipping in a slapshot from Niklas Kronwall. There were two goals in between, but it was the best power play in the NHL that cracked this game wide-open. The Red Wings dominated the first period, out-shooting the Oilers, 16-5, and winning the scoring-chances battle 9-1. But it was because they capitalized on both power plays that the Wings really put the game away early.  

What was the trick to cracking the Edmonton goaltending?

The Red Wings did a great job of redirecting pucks at Roloson, making it difficult for him to locate and stop the Wings’ shots. On the Wings’ second goal, Brett Lebda scored by redirecting a pass from Kris Draper right on top of the Edmonton crease. On their third goal, Cleary redirected a fake slapshot from Kronwall while waiting next to the left post. Their forth was the tip from Hossa, and then the fifth was a Pavel Datsyuk redirection from a Henrik Zetterberg pass.

The best tip, however, was the last goal of the game, and the goal scorer was Ville Leino. Putting the exclamation mark on a big 8-3 win, Leino got his stick on a long shot from Kirk Maltby, completely changing the direction of the puck to beat back-up goalie Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, who replaced Roloson late in the first period.
 
Who was the star of the game?

I’m going with Kronwall. ‘Nik Jr.’ was all over the ice, picking up three primary assists in the 8-3 win. He skated for 16:40, playing 2:52 on the power play and 1:39 shorthanded. Most importantly, he finished at plus-2, helping pace the Wings in the big victory.

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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