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Three Questions: Wings-Predators

DRW.com's Michael Caples analyzes the Wings' 76th game

Sunday, 03.29.2009 / 8:02 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Predators
What went wrong?

It only took 20 seconds for the game to take a drastic turn in momentum. The Wings were dominating, but at the midway point of the third period, a few bad bounces turned the game in the Predators’ favor. At the 11:35 mark, Preds forward Joel Ward fired in a rebound to beat goalie Chris Osgood to tie the game at 2-2. Twenty seconds later, center Jerred Smithson converted on a Nashville opportunity after a turnover, and scored his fourth of the season to give the Predators the 3-2 lead.

The Wings fought back, with Johan Franzen scoring his 32nd goal of the season after taking a pass from Pavel Datsyuk along the Nashville blue line. Franzen beat rookie goalie Pekka Rinne with a quick wrist shot from just inside the blue line. But defenseman Ryan Suter blasted a slapshot past Osgood with just under five minutes remaining, and the Wings couldn’t manage another game-tying goal.

What was the goal of the night?

I’m going with the Wings’ first goal of the night, which came on the penalty kill. Captain Nicklas Lidstrom got the ball rolling when he took a pass from Niklas Kronwall in the Detroit zone. Lidstrom wound up for a slap shot, as if to ice the puck, but instead fired a pass right onto Henrik Zetterberg’s stick. Catching the pass in stride at the Nashville blue line, he broke in behind the Predators’ defense, and burned Rinne with a deke to the backhand.

The goal marked two milestones for Zetterberg. The Wings’ forward picked up his 30th goal of the season, which means that he has scored at least 30 in four straight seasons. It was also his 400th career point, which is an impressive achievement for the forward who just signed a 12-year contract. 

Who was the player of the game?

Lidstrom had a great game Sunday night. Along with setting up Zetterberg’s goal, Lidstrom picked up the secondary assist on the Wings’ second goal, which featured Mikael Samuelsson firing in a one-timer on a pass from Datsyuk. With Brian Rafalski not dressing, Lidstrom played for 26:01, eating up 2:26 worth of penalty-kill time.

 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 52 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 53 9 27 3 36
T. Tatar 52 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 53 14 15 -2 29
P. Datsyuk 38 8 20 12 28
J. Abdelkader 53 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 39 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 49 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 20 10 4 .933 1.97
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89