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Three Questions: Wings-Oilers

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 74th game

Wednesday, 03.25.2009 / 12:35 AM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Oilers
How did the Wings turn this one around?

Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson must like his surroundings when he is in Edmonton; it’s the only NHL city where he has scored a goal.  The Red Wings’ defensive prospect scored his first NHL goal last February in Edmonton, and his second happened in the same building. With the Wings trailing 1-0 in the third period, Ericsson took a pass from his defensive partner Brian Rafalski, and fired a shot towards the Edmonton goal.  A screen in front of the goal, which consisted of Johan Franzen and Edmonton Steve Staios, caused Ericsson’s shot to change direction.  It fooled goaltender Dwayne Roloson, who had been frustrating the Wings all night, and Ericsson’s second career goal tied up the contest.

Rafalski’s assist was note-worthy as well, and not just because it set up the goal.  It was the defenseman’s 56th point of the season, which is a career-high marker for one of the Wings’ leaders.  Rafalski was sitting at third place in the defensive points race prior to the night’s game.

How did the Wings take the lead?


Franzen and Marian Hossa teamed up to finally push the Wings into the lead with 1:58 remaining.  Franzen grabbed the puck near the Detroit bench, and rushed towards the Edmonton zone.  After putting a move on Ales Hemsky at the blue line, Franzen faked a shot and flung a pass to Hossa in the slot instead.  Using his lightning-like release, Hossa fired the puck past Roloson for his 37th goal of the season.

What turned out to be the goal of the night?


Thirty-two seconds after Hossa’s goal, the Wings scored again, and it seemed to be icing on the cake.  Pavel Datsyuk won an offensive-zone face-off back to captain Nicklas Lidstrom.  Lidstrom walked inside the blue line, and fired a shot towards the Edmonton goal.  The slapshot was blocked, but the puck ricocheted over to forward Valtteri Filppula, camped out on the right side of the goal.  Filppula fired the puck into the Edmonton goal, giving the Wings a two-goal lead with his 11th of the season.

However, Edmonton winger Ales Kotalik scored on a one-timer at the 19-minute mark to move the Oilers within one goal.  The Wings held on to get the win, but the goal served to be all the more important when the final buzzer rang.  It should serve as a reminder that ‘the game isn’t over ‘til it’s over’, and also how important late-game face-offs are.  If Datsyuk didn’t win that face-off, who knows if the Wings would be leaving Edmonton with two points.   

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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