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Three Questions: Wings-Coyotes

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 67th game

Tuesday, 03.10.2009 / 10:17 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Coyotes
How did the Wings win this one?

The Wings never quit on their offensive attack Tuesday night, and it finally paid off on their 43rd shot.  Forward Johan Franzen cut to the slot, and fired a quick wrist shot to beat goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to the right post and into the back of the net.  The goal, Franzen’s 27th of the season, wrapped up a 3-2 victory for the Red Wings at the 3:35 mark of overtime.

Detroit ran into a hot goaltender in Bryzgalov, who made 40 saves to frustrate the Wings throughout the contest.  To make matters worse, the Coyotes only gave the Wings one power-play opportunity (which they capitalized on), holding the game’s best man-advantage unit at bay.  That kept the Coyotes in the game, though the Wings controlled the shots and the majority of the action.

The Wings showed they were ready to overcome a tough outing last time at home, and the prime example was defenseman Brian Rafalski.  Rafalski, who wasn’t pleased with his performance on Saturday, played great Tuesday night, and picked up his ninth goal of the season.  Taking a pass from Pavel Datsyuk, Rafalski walked in towards the Phoenix goal, and with a hard wrist shot, snuck the puck through Bryzgalov.

How did Tomas Holmstrom look in his first game back?

Forward Tomas Holmstrom returned to the line-up Tuesday night, and showed no signs of wear after missing 18 games due to sports hernia surgery.  Holmstrom skated on the third line with Tomas Kopecky and Mikael Samuelsson; a new-look line while Homer tries to regain his skating legs.  He recorded 11:49 worth of ice time, a number that will increase as his recovery progresses.

Holmstrom looked good in his first game back, camping out in front of the Phoenix goal as soon as he could.  He saw a lot of action in his ‘office’, disrupting Bryzgalov and bothering the Coyotes’ defensemen.  He was standing right on top of the crease for Rafalski’s goal, a primary reason that the Wings converted on their lone power play.  Holmstrom was back with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on the top power play unit, which made the Wings’ attack look even more difficult to contain.

What was the goal of the night?

With the obvious exception of Franzen’s game-winning tally, it was the Wings’ first goal that was most impressive.  The Wings started the game off with a bang, which is exactly what they needed to forget about their last contest.  Franzen carried the puck into the Phoenix zone, and sent a cross-ice feed to Valtteri Filppula.  Filppula gathered in the pass, which went through the Phoenix defense, and glided towards Bryzgalov.  He waited for the Coyotes’ goaltender to bite, then beat him short-side with a quick wrist shot for his ninth goal of the season.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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
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
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80