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Three Questions: Wings-Blackhawks

DRW.com analyzes the Wings' 81st game

Saturday, 04.11.2009 / 5:45 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blackhawks
Was it really a penalty?

With under a minute to go in a tie game, Chicago forward Dustin Byfuglien broke in behind the Detroit defense and rushed toward goaltender Ty Conklin. However, Wings’ defenseman Niklas Kronwall caught him, and interrupted his shot attempt. The referees called a penalty shot for Byfuglien, who made no mistake on his opportunity. The Chicago forward beat Conklin to the left top-corner of the goal, giving the Blackhawks the game-winner late in the third.

But after watching the replay, it seemed to be a questionable call. It appeared that Kronwall made contact with only Byfuglien’s stick, and merely kept him from getting a shot on goal. It was a questionable decision to call a penalty, let alone a penalty shot, during such an important time of the game.

What did the Wings do right?

The Wings held a potent offense at bay for the majority of Saturday’s contest. Credit should go to the Wings’ penalty killers, who played a great game against Chicago’s talented power play. The Wings held the Blackhawks scoreless on four power plays, which helped them stay in the game until the end. At the same time, the Wings made use of their opportunities, going 1-2 on their man-advantage chances. Valtteri Filppula scored the lone power-play goal for the Wings.

Conklin should be commended for his game, as well. After allowing a goal on the first shot, he could have been in for a rough outing, but he collected himself and turned aside 22 shots throughout the contest.

What was the play of the game for the Wings?

The pass that Jiri Hudler made to Filppula for the Wings’ second goal was incredible. Hudler gathered in the puck next to the Chicago goal, and with pressure on him, made a behind-the-back backhand pass. He got the puck through a crowd in front of the Chicago goal, and put it right onto Filppula’s stick. Filppula fired it past goalie Cristobal Huet for his 12th goal of the season.


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89